The Theory of Everything, a film about the life of Stephen Hawking, played by the extremely talented Eddie Redmayne, attempts to show all aspects of the brilliant cosmologist's life and succeeds at that feat handsomely. The film balances the doctor's work on his doctorate of philosophy at Cambridge, his struggle with his paralyzing motor neuron disease, and his beautiful relationship with his now ex-wife Jane Wilde (played by Felicity Jones).
What I personally admire about the film is how they don't focus so heavily on the disease itself, but rather they center on the concept of Hawking as a person. Even after he loses his ability to speak normally, Hawking does not lose his quirky and humorous sense of witty humor. Despite the dreadful disease Hawking was diagnosed with and given an expiration date that is unfathomable, he still manages to amuse us with his unconventional comments and facial gestures. The film's script was fabulously written in a way that was not condescending to it's audience despite the fact that we were watching one of the most intelligent geniuses of our time.
The cast of the film did a remarkable job portraying almost impossible roles. I am blown away by Redmayne's representation of Hawking. I know that he prepared by studying Jane Wilde's books, Traveling to Infinity- My Life with Stephen and Music to Move the Stars: A Life with Stephen, but the realness that he brings to the screen is inconceivable. Stephen Hawking himself admitted after watching the film that, "At times, I thought it was me" which substantiates Redmayne's remarkable performance.
The film drives you to reflect on your own life and wonder what kind of difference you are making in this world. The determination and strength of Hawking, despite being given a death sentence, is evident and causes one to reconsider the overall significance of what we are doing here on this earth. Are we making the pivotal modifications in our current orbit, or are we just passively uninvolved in anything of great importance?
When I completed the film, initially I experienced an ambience of guiding light. Inspired by both the true story as well as the superb acting, the film caused me to think outside the box about my own being on this planet. Not a lot of films can move me in this way, being the harsh realist that I am, but this specific piece achieved something that is rarely reachable. The story got me to think about and question everything around me; now I, too, want to discover the one theory that explains everything in the universe.