The Theory Of Everything Review

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There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something that you can do and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope – Stephen Hawking

The Theory of Everything is a part-biopic, part-love story which deals with the life and work of Dr.Stephen William Hawking, the world-famous physicist who battled with ALS to achieve world recognition for his work on black holes. It was nominated for 5 Academy Awards, winning one for Eddie Redmayne for Best Actor. If you haven’t heard about it, then please go and live in Longyearbyen.

So,the movie focuses on the the life of Stephen Hawking, starting with his life at Cambridge University, his later scientific work, his relationship with Jane Wilde and his struggles with motor neuron disease and his world-wide acclaim due to the success of his book ‘A Brief History Of Time’.

This year, I had the fortune of watching five movies which will definitely be on my 100 Greatest Movies List : The Imitation Game, Selma, Boyhood, Whiplash and The Theory of Everything. This film is a heart wrenching bio pic which is beautifully written, directed, acted and is near-perfect in almost every aspect. Eddie Redmayne deserved that Oscar. He is at his utmost brilliance in this flick. I will definitely remember this performance by Eddie as one of the greatest in cinematic history. His physical transformative turn as Hawking in this movie is worth every cent you may spend on the ticket. He portrays every emotion stunningly even in the last half when he cannot even move. Felicity Jones is brilliant and I think she deserved that Oscar more than Julianne Moore because giving such a mature performance so early in her career is next to unbelievable. All the supporting actors were brilliant.

The direction is stupendous. James Marsh brings backs the magic that was on display in his previous works : Project Nim and Man on Wire. Especially, the climax scene is one of the best scenes in history. The time-reversal scene is the highlight of the movie. ‘The Arrival Of The Birds’ theme adds to the appeal of the scene. I watched the whole movie 3 times to enjoy the climax scene just like Whiplash. The cinematography, costume design and makeup is prodigious.

The score of the film is awesome. Johann Johannsson displays tremendous talent. The score is brilliant and the use of ‘The Arrival Of The Birds’ in the climax is sheer brilliance.

The movie made me cry in a lot of scenes and I am sure it will make even make you cry, how tough you may be, after watching the movie. You feel for the characters . I say the movie actually felt the best for me when I watched it the second time. You get know more about the characters in the second viewing. The direction of some scenes is just a stroke of genius, especially the rotating shot of the staircases. The movie and its characters stay with you even after you watch it and is worth your time. It is inspirational and definitely made me respect Hawking (even though I don’t understand most of his revolutionizing work)

There is only one flaw that I could notice in this movie and that was that very small amount of time in the move was attributed to Hawking’s scientific career. I believe James Marsh should have focused a little bit more on it for I would haven’t minded sitting for a longer time in the cinema hall watching this awesome movie.

Except than that this movie is brilliant and everyone should definitely watch this flick.

Rating : 9.5/10

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