I've never been much of a 'film person', I've always enjoyed films, and there are so many that I really love but I've just never been that bothered about them. I've always much more enjoyed books, I love that you create the world yourself and I always feel you get so much more emotion and feeling from a book rather than a film. However having lived with a house full of film buffs, who could easily watch 3 films a day, along with a boyfriend who studies film and works in the film industry, I've been slightly forced into appreciating films in a new way, although I still don't love them as much as most other people seem to. That's why this post is going to be an unusual one. I guess this is a review, or maybe more of just a discussion of the beauty of this film.
The Theory of Everything made me laugh and cry, probably both in equal measures. The first word that comes to my mind to describe it is beautiful, just beautiful. I haven't come out of a film feeling so emotional ever before, other than maybe Deathly Hallows 2 but that's because I was saying goodbye to my childhood! The story behind The Theory of Everything is obviously what makes the film so great, along with an amazing accompanying soundtrack, some brilliant acting and great filming.
Going in to the film I knew very little about Stephen Hawking's life, other than that he was a world renown scientist who discovered theories relating to black holes, and who suffered from motor neurone disease, was confined to a wheel chair and spoke using a speech generated device. I assumed the film was going to be about science and his discoveries, as well as his life with the disease, and the film was definitely about all of these things but the main theme of the story was love.
Love between partners, love between families and love between friends. The film tells the story of Stephen Hawking and his girlfriend, and later to be, wife Jane. It shows the love between the couple, through their ups and downs, through the birth of children and through Stephen's gradual decline into illness. Originally given only 2 years to live, their relationship lasts for 30 years and this is the beautiful story we see unfolding.
The film is adapted from Jane's memoir, Travelling to Infinity and it therefore follows the story of them together rather than just of Hawking. There are many instances during the film where tears appeared on my face, watching Stephen trying to cope with his growing lack of ability to move without help, or seeing the struggle Jane faced in coping alone with three children. It felt so real and honest, and Eddie Redmayne's acting could not be faulted in my opinion.
For me what I found so beautiful and emotional was the overwhelming feeling of love portrayed throughout the film. Between Hawking and his friends and professor who help him through his time studying while suffering from being diagnosed. You see it in the love between Stephen and Jane, trying to do the best for each other, and also as friends, always loving each other despite the difficulties. You see it in the love between a father and his children, through the love between a friend trying to do the best for both Jane and Stephen.
I don't want to spoil the film for anyone who hasn't seen it so I've been purposefully vague in my descriptions, but I really recommend everyone to see this film. It's heartfelt and inspirational, it's funny with some hilarious one liners, but also very emotional and touching. It immediately made it's way into my favourite films list, a list that very rarely gets new additions!
Obviously I am no film critic, nor am I anywhere near an expert on film. I just really enjoyed this film and wanted to write about it. If you haven't yet seen this film go see it, but take some tissues! If you've seen it let me know what you thought about it. Also I'm going to leave a link to MND Association, a UK charity helping those with Motor Neurone Disease. You can donate here if you'd like.