The Theory of Everything (2014)
Critic Consensus: Part biopic, part love story, The Theory of Everything rises on James Marsh's polished direction and the strength of its two leads.
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as Stephen Hawking
as Jane Wilde
as Beryl Wilde
as Jonathan Hellyer Jones
as Dennis Sciama
as Frank Hawking
as Elaine Mason
as Diana King
as Barman, Rowing Club
as George Wilde
as Mary Hawking
as Philippa Hawking
as Isobel Hawking
as Physicist 1
as Physicist 2
as Physicist 3
as Roger Penrose
as Senior Doctor, Cambridge Hospital
as Robert Hawking
as Kip Thorne
as Robert Hawking (Age 2)
as Lucy Hawking (Newborn)
as Eileen Bond
as John Taylor
as Robert Hawking (Age 8)
as Lucy Hawking (Age 6)
as Timothy Hawking (Baby)
as Sarah (Geneva Student)
as Swiss Doctor
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Watching him [Eddie Redmayne] slumped in an electric wheelchair, simulating the effects of Hawking's motor neurone disease, it's easy to forget you're looking at an actor.
There's a mischievous quality to Redmayne that seems a good match with the wit Hawking has always managed to convey with a raised eyebrow and a mechanically-voiced quip.
If the film unfolds like a fairytale, at least it's a fairytale that doesn't often get told.
There's little acrimony in The Theory of Everything, which may reflect Hawking's actual outlook or just the movie's puppyish desire to please.
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It's amazing to see Redmayne disappear early on in the film and watch what fees like the actual Hawking for the story of his love life and early career. The other performances are great too but Redmayne can't possibly get enough praise for his portrayal of the scientist. Especially in the middle part the film could have used some trimming or emphasis on more interesting parts but especially the beginning and ending are very sweet and engaging, worthy of the great human being portrayed here.
According to the movies either you get the girls or you're a genius, you can't have both. (Makes me wonder how they'll handle a woman genius) And how does one portray mucho schmartz on film anyway? Well, you've gotta focus on the exterior stuff, which in the case of the renowned Stephen Hawkings means a physically debilitating disease, a tight network of supportive friends, and your wife attending plenty of church choir practice. Soap opera, yes, but with tea instead of beer.
British productions always seem to gain favor when it comes to getting Oscar nominations. This may come from the residual guilt of the American film elite over the constant stream of stupid, lame brained films our country churns out every year. This year the token British film is "The Theory of Everything." Like "The King's Speech" before it, this film has been given unneeded, unwarranted nominations. It will probably be the single most contentious film to be nominated this year. Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/
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