The Theory of Everything

The Theory of
Everything is a film on the life and works of Stephen Hawking. It stars British
stars, such as Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, who try to traverse through
the storyline to recreate the pop culture phenomenon that Hawking has become in
recent years, but on screen. Black holes, the Big Bang, cosmology are all
Hawking’s domain – he had to struggle a lot as a student, during his time at
Cambridge University. 

In fact, you would be hard pressed to find any that chose
to believe in him at all, but in the end, his ingenuity persevered. Inflicted
with motor-neuron disease, he has been confined to a wheelchair for most of his
life, but the movie shows you the Hawking that existed before this and before
he was a star before darkness strikes his life with no pity at all, before
selfishness tries to topple his life but fails, spectacularly. He is a budding
Ph.D. Student at Cambridge, in the ‘60s, sporting a mop of ginger brown hair, a
cunning/naughty smile, and Buddy Holly spectacles that he perceives to be
really, really cool. 

This is a time when he goes to a student mixer (frat
party/house party/pub crawl in today’s times) and meets and falls in love with
a radiant fellow student, majoring in poetry, Jane. His world begins to
collapse, right that instant because the disease tries to take control of his
life. However, this was precisely the time that Hawking was actually expanding
his frontiers in gaining new knowledge and pushing the boundaries of scientific
change, mentally. Jane and Stephen, team up to fight the disease and stop it
from derailing their life completely, and Stephen continues his journey to push
ahead with his pursuits of discovering scientific theories about the universe,
that will contribute to and transform how the whole wide world looks at
science. 

The sheen on the film makes it elite, but the emotions, the humanity
of the film is touching, to say the least, but what is awe-inspiring is his
striking intellect – watching him makes you feel the hopelessness that must
have come thunderously upon him, to stop, at all cost, any cost, at every cost,
from rising the way, his intellect comes back to do everytime. But this film is
meant to be a celebration of a beautiful mind, an inspiring life and you meet
Jane who brings all of this in, sometimes even comically, in an unassuming way
– you get to see how difficult a life she had to lead as the woman who had to
deal with the infuriating frustration, that came as a result of the commitment
she wholeheartedly made to always be with him.

Film rating: 8/10.

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