Flash Movie Review: The Theory of Everything

If you happen to trip or fall and break a bone, it usually can get fixed. Joints after years of an active lifestyle are now being replaced with high-tech metal products. However, when the body is attacked by a disease the landscape of the person’s life is forever altered. I am old enough to remember a time when people would avoid talking about their or a family member’s affliction. Those that were children were separated from the general student population; rarely to be seen except for the occasional assembly where they were relegated to a section of seats far from the other students. There were few outlets where adults could get special attention to assist them in achieving or maintaining a level of quality to their lives. It was not unusual for healthy individuals to react with fear and avoid those who were dealing with a physical or mental challenge. In fact, I am going to share with you a tidbit that might surprise you. Kids who were bullied would develop a dislike or even hatred towards disadvantaged peers. You see with the constant barrage of negative comments and physical abuse, the victims would redirect their anger towards an easy target which usually would be a challenged individual. I know this may sound twisted to you; that internalization of not being perfect can warp a person’s perceptions. Gratefully we have advanced and there are people who set a high standard for what can be achieved.    PHYSICAL limitations could not stop Stephen Hawking, played by Eddie Redmayne (My Week with Marilyn, Les Miserables), from exploring his ideas about the universe. Based on Stephen’s first wife Jane’s book, “Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen,” this film festival winning biographical drama followed the challenges and achievements of two extraordinary individuals. With Felicity Jones (The Invisible Woman, Like Crazy) playing Jane, the two actors were wonderful together. They acted and appeared as these two strong characters who together could take on any obstacles. Eddie was beyond amazing as he physically transformed himself into the brilliant astrophysicist battling a debilitating disease. I found myself at times writhing in my seat with sympathy pains for what I saw Eddie doing on screen. The director allowed the story to flow smoothly whether the scenes were of a scientific or romantic nature; I always felt I was engaged with the characters on screen. If there is fault to be found I felt it was the script. It seemed as if some events were being treated quickly. I would have liked to have seen more story and emotion to them. The satisfying feeling I was experiencing overshadowed this complaint. What an example to see how one man did not let his physical limitations hold his mind back from growing and exploring.

 

3 1/4 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on November 19, 2014, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Wow… has the movie released?

    I can’t really wait … Stephen Hawking is my hero and I read most of his books.

    Thank you so much for this beautiful review and letting me know about this movie …

    • Yes it opened last Friday in only a few theaters. I cannot wait for you to see it to see Eddie’s performance. Please tell me when you see it, I would love to hear your comments. Thanks again for stopping by.

  2. A great friend of mine in New York has seen and adored the movie. I will have to wait here in the depths of rural France but you have absolutely consolidated my desire and determination to see the film. As a point of interest, my husband is an Astro-Physics professor at Harvard and knows Stephen well. He will see the film before me because he can when he is in Cambridge – which is just plain unfair!

    • OMG, a friend of Stephen!??! So what does he think of the film made about him? What a bummer you won’t have the chance to see the film now and will have to wait. May I suggest a Chunnel ride to England for a date night at the movies? When either of you get to see this film I would enjoy hearing your views. Thanks so much for coming by to leave your comments.

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