Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The striking resemblance actor Eddie Redmayne bears to physicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” definitely makes you take notice.
And while the film takes great pains to show Hawking’s diminishing physical abilities as a result of a motor neuron disease that struck him almost 50 years ago, as well as Redmayne’s remarkable transformation, “Everything” is more the story of Hawking’s first wife, Jane (Felicity Jones). Now there’s a patient woman, not buckling when the man she loves is diagnosed, and marrying him and bearing three children while his body withers and contorts.
It’s a rare story of how much both people in a relationship can take, albeit from entirely different stimuli. Both young actors are wonderful, but you won’t learn much about black holes. The story’s a little soft and dewy, which you may have come to expect from tortured genius movies of Oscar seasons past.