Thursday, 5 February 2015

Review | The Theory of Everything

This is a little bit of a different post for me... I haven't actually done a film review on my blog yet, so bear with me as I'm not sure how this is going to go! And this review is a little late to the party, as The Theory of Everything has been out in the UK since 1st January. And I did see it for the first time over in the states on my trip to North Carolina in November. So yes, this is a little late. But I realised it was too good to not share. If you haven't seen it yet, you must. Let me expand on that. 

The Theory of Everything is the story of Stephen and Jane Hawking's relationship and life together. I wondered how focused the film would be on Hawing's career, but actually that was almost a secondary storyline to their relationship. We see Jane and Stephen meeting at Cambridge University and they quickly fall in love. Shortly after, Stephen is diagnosed with motor neurone disease and is told he has two years to live. Despite this devastating news, the couple stay together and get married, making the most of any time they have left. As most people will know, against all odds, Stephen lived on and is still alive today. He and Jane went on to have three children together before ending their marriage many years later.

The story is heart-warming and yet at the same time extremely heartbreaking, and I must admit that I cried for the whole second half of the film. During both viewings. Before I saw the film, I'm ashamed to say I didn't know too much about Stephen's story, so I'm very grateful to whoever decided to make it into a film. 

The acting was just incredible. Eddie Redmayne playing Stephen Hawking was just perfect. He managed to convey the pain and suffering that Hawking endured, whilst giving us lots of humour which is such a huge part of Hawking's personality. Redmayne's bodily movements and speech deterioration gave me a huge sense of how extremely frustrating Hawking's situation must have become, yet he has remained so determined and lived a long full life to prove those doctors wrong. Felicity Jones played the part of Jane Wilde, Stephen's wife. I thought her acting throughout the film was award winning, and if she isn't recognised at the Oscars this year, I will be severely disappointed! Jones portrayed Jane's unconditional love for Stephen brilliantly. Jane's personal commitment to their family is just extraordinary, I think she is an angel, and the way she coped with what had been handed to her was just incredible. I can guarantee that most people wouldn't handle a disabled husband and three young children quite as well as she did! 

The love between Stephen and Jane is beautiful yet strained. I was really rooting for them. The point at which they realise their marriage has come to an end is the most heartbreaking moment of the entire film. Seriously, crying a river over here. 

I think the biggest thing I took away from watching The Theory of Everything was that someone is always more worse off than you. Even after everything Stephen has been through, he can still make jokes and is still producing ground breaking research. I found it very inspirational, and if I'm having a bad day, I simply think back to everything that Stephen and Jane went through together and think, you know what? Life isn't that bad. I think it's about being grateful for what you do have, and being positive about life. I struggle with my positivity sometimes which I'm always looking to work on, and it's great to find a story which I really resonate with and really inspires me. 

Sorry if this blog post is a bit all over the place, I just wanted to get my thoughts down. If you haven't seen The Theory of Everything yet, then what are you waiting for? It's still out in UK cinemas. Honestly, it's the best film I've seen for a long time. And I watch a lot of films! 


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