FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE REVIEW: Tonight I saw the movie “The Theory of Everything” which stars Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables , Black Death), Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Like Crazy), Charlie Cox (Stardust, Stone of Destiny), Harry Lloyd (The Iron Lady, The Riot Club), and David Thewlis (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Seven Years in Tibet). Focusing on the famous Stephen Hawking (Redmayne), this movie follows his life starting at Cambridge in the 1960s when he meets Jane (Jones) to becoming famous. It displays him coming up with his theories, trying to discover the theory of everything, and his struggles with an illness that is deteriorating not only his muscles that help him move, but also his relationship with Jane.
I have always known who Stephen Hawking is, but I never actually researched him to read his life story. This movie gave insight to any questions I had. Granted, I didn’t have any from the start, but it was still interesting to watch a chunk of his life. The story was okay. While watching, there were patches of film that were dull and boring, but there were also parts that got my attention. Because of this, the movie felt long. There were some scenes that didn’t feel needed, but only a few (like towards the end with Hawking and the pen). However, there was an upside to this. Because of how long it took this film to reach its end, it developed the characters really well and by the end, they showed a montage of what happened and it was very astonishing to be relayed what I have already seen and feel like I, myself, have had a journey with these people. Of course with the development of characters came acting. I haven’t seen any of the movies that were nominated for best actor at the Oscars, let alone best picture, but after seeing these performances it will be really hard to beat. Eddie Redmayne played a fantastic Stephen Hawking and one of the best scenes in the movie had him pull off the best performance of the film (the scene where he talks to Jane about going to America). It really pulled me into the scene and had me feel for his character. Of course with movies you have cons (unless they are perfect…..HA). I pretty much stated all there was with the cons above. It was mainly all having to do with the flow of the movie. It was slow in quite a lot of parts, but got more interesting towards the middle of the film. The dragging of the film was mainly due in part to dialogue. And there were some scenes that felt like they could’ve been taken out. Other than those this movie did a fair job of keeping to what Stephen Hawking is and can be a pretty interesting piece of film. FINAL SCORE: 74%= Juicy Popcorn
Here is a trailer: