After watching Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, I can’t tell you very much about Hawking’s game-changing science and theories – save that they have something to do with black holes and a bunch of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff – but I can tell you much more about his life story, his relationship with Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones) and his struggle with motor neuron disease. Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables) gives his best performance as Hawking, and the accolades will flow, as he beautifully brings to life the genius, travails and bittersweet love-life of the renowned theoretical physicist.
Bring the tissues, but also be prepared to laugh, as moments of well-timed humour add levity to what could otherwise have been just another one of those ‘serious’ biopics. Well worth your time, The Theory of Everything is elevated by Redmayne’s performance, a balanced screenplay, concise direction and a superlative film score. Just don’t expect to come out of the cinema with an understanding of Hawking’s theories – his work here is second-fiddle to the man in this silver screen adaptation; you’d be better off reading A Brief History of Time if that’s what you want.