Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The Theory of Everything

"One: remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two: never give up work. Work gives you meaning, purpose and life is simply empty without it. Three: if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away." 
"However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. While there's life, there is hope."  
                        - Stephen Hawking

The Theory of Everything deals with the life of the famous physicist Stephen Hawking. If you don't know who he is: he's arguably the most brilliant mind alive today; and his life from school to when he gets this disease and if you also don't know what it is: it's pretty much why you dumped a bucket of ice on your head last summer. In this movie Eddie Redmayne gives a really impressive performance embodying this physicist; performance which grants him an Oscar nomination for best actor in a leading role. In fact, as it is a progressive disease, every stage of this disease is like a completely new performance for him. You witnessed how he has to adapt and communicate in certain way. All this process of learning how to cope with this terrible disease, how  how his family's relations change throughout the film and his romance is very interesting. Undeniably Felicity Jones is an absolute revelation, she is incredible, and totally deserves her Oscar nomination for best actress in a leading role. They both brilliantly portrayed good people in a shitty situation. Above all this film is about all Stephen Hawking's life aspects: from schooling, his theory, his disease and his relationships. However the film is not really showcasing and focusing mainly on his theory but on his life journey. The little chunks of science are really accessible though, as Stephen Hawking is explaining his theory such as everyone can get it. Finally, there are twists and turns that surprised me at times. Now I really hope Jupiter Ascending is good because otherwise it will ruin Eddie Redmayne' career and I am going to be really really sad. 

Overall The Theory of Everything fully deserves its Oscar nomination for best picture, it is really good. It is an engaging, romantic and touching movie.

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