Chief Science Correspondent
The Theory of Everything is a refreshingly honest portrayal of the life of renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne). This was a film that could have easily been tarnished by mediocre acting or an overly-idealized Hollywood-stye romance. However, the evident care and dedication invested in this film lays the foundation for a legacy that will transcend the laws of time.
I originally had doubts about this film when the first trailer was released last summer. Early promotions for the film featured the carefree beginnings of Hawking's relationship with his first wife, Jane (Felicity Jones) and her determination to support Hawking unconditionally through his medical and personal struggles. I was concerned that the film might ignore the fact that Hawking divorced Jane after both had fallen in love with other people. However, this aspect of Hawking's life was not only incorporated into the story, but crafted in a way that I believe showcased the challenges of Hawking's situation and, perhaps more importantly, his humanity.
In the film, Hawking seeks to construct an equation that explains the origins (or lack thereof) of the universe to understand the meaning of time - a "theory of everything." I was impressed by the manner in which director James Marsh intertwined Hawking's scientific pursuits into his more personal life story, particularly his relationship with Jane and his three children.