Monday, 4 July 2016

MPOV: The Theory of Everything

In 1963, Cambridge University astrophysics student Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) begins a relationship with literature student Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). Although Stephen excels at mathematics and physics, his friends and professors are concerned over his lack of a thesis topic. After Stephen and his professor Dennis Sciama (David Thewlis) attend a lecture on black holes, Stephen speculates that black holes may have been part of the creation of the universe and decides to write his thesis on time.

While pursuing his research, Stephen's muscles begin to fail, eventually causing him to fall and hit his head. He learns he has motor neurone disease; he will be unable to talk, swallow, breathe or move most of his body, and has approximately two years to live. Stephen asks what will happen to his brain. The doctor tells Stephen that that disease doesn't affect the brain and that Stephen's thoughts won't change but eventually, no one will know what they are. As Stephen becomes reclusive, focusing on his work, Jane confesses her love to him. She tells Stephen's father she intends to stay with Stephen even as his condition worsens. They marry and have a son.

Stephen presents his thesis to the examination board, arguing that a black hole created the universe; they tell him his theory is brilliant. While celebrating with Jane and his friends, Stephen realises he cannot walk and begins using a wheelchair.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

I've always admired Stephen Hawking. Even though he has motor neurone disease, he proceeded to live on positively. Of course, there were hurdles and bumps initially but he prevailed, outliving what the doctors had predicted. Of course, now I know it's thanks to Jane that he has overcome many obstacles and able to live like a normal family albeit on a wheel chair.

This movie depicted his life, from his courtship with Jane to his breakthrough thesis to his disease and lastly to his divorce. It showed his soft and sensitive side, his cheeky and naughty side... which was too good to be true! Who would have known that an intelligent man, handicapped even, could be so sweet and naughty at the same time! It also showed how Jane, his first love, had singlehandedly helped him overcame his daily turmoils. I truly believed every successful man has a very strong and supportive wife as without Jane, Stephen wouldn't be who he is today. With 3 children and a wheel-bound husband, definitely not an easy feat for a delicate woman like Jane.

With all that has happened, it's sad that their marriage ended amicably with both having found other partners to continue their life with. Well, it proves that you can still lead a normal life even though handicapped. Being handicapped is not an excuse to take advantage of others nor be a hermit. You can still live life to the fullest, as proven by Professor Stephen W. Hawking. 

Bravo to the actor who portrayed Stephen so well, Eddie thoroughly did his homework! Every single part was so real, seamlessly, including the smirking! I truly believed him to be Stephen. I wonder how long did it take him to learn every single walk, every single facial movement and even the speech. Not forgetting the amazing casts who acted and blended in so well. Now, should I get that book to read?

IMDb rating: 7.7/10
My rating: 4/5

Directed by James Marsh
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson
Category: A 2014 British biographical romantic drama film and adapted by Anthony McCarten from the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Wilde Hawking
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