Movies, Drama

The Theory of Everything

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The Theory of Everything

The life story of Steven Hawkings is amazing. In his early twenties he becomes afflicted by a rare disease that causes one to gradually lose control over all muscles.  The doctors only give him two years to live.

He is still with us today and he has made big contributions to cosmology. He continued to be professor at Cambridge University even though he later even lost his ability to speak.  The film is based on the autobiographical book of Hawking’s first wife, Jane Wilde, who lost the affection of her husband when he became world-famous for his book a short-history of time. She wanted to tell her side of a love story that turned sour. Unfortunately, she does not have the skills to tell story about their marriage and Hawkings’ physical incapacitation in an insightful way.  The film feels a bit like a bad history that only manages to string one fact after another. At every turn, I felt I could predict what would happen next.  Hawkings, according to his former wife, never talked to about how he felt about losing his ability to walk and became trapped in his body. This certainly would have made it more difficult to provide some insightful account of what it means to become a prisoner in one’s own body. Seeing someone lose what we all take for granted, namely that we can walk and move around on our own, was what kept my interest in this otherwise shallow film. Eddie Redmayne plays Hawkings and does it so convincingly that it earned him this year’s Oscar for Break sentence best actor.

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