While students at Cambridge, Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne, Les Misérables) and Jane (Felicity Jones, The Invisible Woman) fall deeply in love. His earth-shattering diagnosis leads him to embark on his ambitious study of the nature of time with Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, in this moving adaptation of Jane Hawking’s memoir from Academy Award-winning director James Marsh (Man on Wire).
Professor Stephen Hawking knows more
than most of us — about the universe, yes,
but also about how to live a full life in it. This
remarkable chronicle of one of the greatest
minds of our time is also the story of an
Young Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) is
both brilliant and awkward as a Cambridge
graduate student. Even as his ideas about
theoretical physics and cosmology challenge
his peers and his teachers, he struggles to
find his place. Just as he's beginning to show
flashes of a quick-witted charm, he meets
Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). Although her
intellect is merely sharp rather than intimidating,
she can more than hold her own with
Hawking, and they fall in love.
Director James Marsh has shown a
knack for telling remarkable true tales in
documentaries like Project Nim and the
Academy Award-winning Man on Wire.
Here he crafts The Theory of Everything as,
above all, a love story. Stephen and Jane are a
unique couple — bright, curious, thoroughly
unconventional. When Stephen begins to
show symptoms of motor neuron disease,
he and Jane both tackle the challenge with
Redmayne (Les Misérables) gives a gripping
performance as Hawking. His physical
transformation is on par with those of Daniel
Day-Lewis in My Left Foot and Mathieu
Amalric in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
Redmayne immerses himself not just in
the detail of Hawking's changing body but
also in the character of a man fighting that
change. As his ideas expand to encompass
all of time and space, his physical abilities
contract. To watch how he and Jane contend
with both limits and limitlessness is to witness
a truly remarkable marriage.