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Too bad, then, about the film's utterly standard progression, its insistence on tracing Hawking's ascension to the height of pop science, as if becoming a windbag lecturer on Big Ideas is all a great mind-and his partner-could ask for in life.
It's a suitably polished affair, and Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones deliver fantastic, award-ready performances. But somehow all that polish keeps those accomplished parts from connecting into an emotionally-engaging or unified whole.
The Theory of Everything features incredible Oscar-nominated performances from Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, but ultimately it's unable to strike a good balance between Stephen Hawking's personal and professional life.
If nothing else, The Theory Of Everything is an encyclopedia of lame shortcuts, from its grainy faux home-movie wedding sequence to its tendency to fade out the dialogue in order to underline-and inadvertently undercut-a traumatic moment.
These days "everything" has also come to serve as a lazy synonym for "no one thing in particular." And while that usage may not describe Steven Hawking's theory of everything, it certainly does fit the movie about his life.