There can be no greater praise than to compare Eddie Redmayne's performance in The Theory of Everything to Daniel Day-Lewis's stunning performance as Christy Brown in My Left Foot. Redmayne's performance as physicist and motor neurone sufferer Stephen Hawking is nothing short of extraordinary, how he manages to twist himself into the famous professor is nothing short of astonishing.

Just as Day-Lewis walked off with the best actor Oscar for My Left Foot, it wouldn't come as any surprise if Redmayne walks off with the same award when the 2015 Oscars are handed out.

Anyone going to see The Theory of Everything thinking that it's all about science is going to be in for a surprise and a pleasant surprise at that, The Theory of Everything is more than a story about the man’s science, it is a deeply moving and charming love story about Hawking's relationship with his first wife Jane (Felicity Jones who is mesmerising and lights up the screen every time she appears) and how they come to cope with his incurable disease.

Beginning in 1963 when the couple meet at Cambridge University, the story takes us from his early days before his motor neurone symptoms began to appear up until the present day.

Hawkins early life reminds you very much of that of Alan Turing whose life story was recently told in the excellent The Imitation Game. Hawkins like Turing is a genius whose social graces leave a lot to be desired, there’s an air of arrogance about him and he’s a person with very few friends. Jane as well as accepting his flaws also sees a person who has a wonderful sense of humour and fun and the pair soon become a couple. Unfortunately at the age of 21 and with the world at his feet Hawkins begins to experience muscle problems, he is eventually forced to go and see a doctor who diagnoses him with motor neuron disease and gives him two years to live. Hawkins then tries to withdraw from the world but Jane won't let him and she forces her way into his life, telling him that she's ready for anything that life throws at them. The pair quickly marry and eventually have three children.

Unfortunately for Hawkin's, whilst his mind stays sharp, his body starts to give up on him forcing him to make adjustments to his life, this change ultimately causes strain on the pairs marriage leading each of them to seek solace with others, Hawkins with his therapist (Maxime Peake) and Jane with Jonathan Hellyer Jones (Charlie Cox) a widowed choir director who served as Hawking’s caretaker.

Don't let the subject matter put you off, The Theory of Everything is not about science, it’s about love, life and how people react to the adversities of life. The Theory of Everything is a wonderful film helped in no small part by outstanding performances by its two young leads, don't miss.




The Theory of Everything (12A)

Director: James Marsh
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Thewlis, Emily Watson, Charlie Cox, Simon McBurney, Maxine Peake, Harry Lloyd

UK Release: Thursday 1st January 2015

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