PG-13 | 2h 3min | Biography, Drama, Romance | 26 November 2014 (USA)
The performance was simply amazing. This has to be an Oscar quality film. With so many violence, sex and explosion in movies each year, it’s refreshing to see a film that values good storytelling, strong character development, and a meaningful theme. The Theory of Everything may lack the typical mainstream top box office qualities, but it makes up for it with its incredibly beautiful and bittersweet uplifting story.
Adapted from Jane Hawking’s memoirs of her life with her husband Stephen Hawking, the film does a great job showing their accomplishments and struggles together following Hawking’s diagnosis at age 21 of a debilitating motor-neuron disease (ALS), which doctors predicted would kill him in two years, in which they were wrong. The Theory of Everything is neither entirely biographical nor strictly a love story, it’s something that gives a somewhat deeper portrait of its subjects than most films based on the lives of real people usually show.
I found myself impressed by The Theory of Everything for many reasons. In a period where movies are focused on being a box office hit, a film about life struggles and character development are worth to watch to see life in a new perspective. Especially when Hawking continues fighting for over 50 years after his diagnosis, to defy all odds. What a sad life? I feel bad for Hawking all along the movie. I feel it will be an important film not only as an entertainment sense, but also for bringing to the public consciousness the inner life of one of modern era’s greatest mind.
With that being said, The Theory of Everything is for those who appreciate the character-driven story line. For those used to quick cuts and continuous action, the powerfully character-driven story line and lengthy close-ups with stretches of little to no dialogue may make it seem overlong, but if you appreciate a well-crafted film that gets you to think and feel as only a good film can, then don’t hesitate to appreciate it for all it has to offer. The Theory of Everything is available on Amazon here and FandangoNow here.