Friday, March 20, 2015
The Theory of Everything
If there is another film that I have enjoyed more than "The Theory of Everything" I do not know what it is and throughout my life have seen hundreds of films.
"The Theory of Everything" is a biographical sketch of Stephen Hawking, the Einsteinian astrophysicist genius diagnosed with the neuro-motor degenerative disease, ALS. When diagnosed as a young man he was given two years to live. He is now 72 defying the odds. Stephen Hawking remains one of human history's most phenomenal minds of science and one of the most profound contributors to the science of astrophysics.
Eddie Redmayne, as Stephen Hawking, deserved the Oscar for best actor and then some. His portrayal of a man with this degenerative disease was nothing short of brilliant. He turned into Stephen Hawking as I forgot, most of the time, this was an actor portraying him. Felicity Jones as Hawking's wife was excellently performed as well. One must, I think, see this film to grasp its all-encompassing resplendence.
"The Theory of Everything" speaks to the deepest most enduring and profound questions of life -- how did we, our planet, and indeed the universe begin and will it end. It asks, too, the most unanswerable question -- why. "The Theory of Everything" of course cannot answer everything but man's big brain can make the generational attempt to try. Every day we live we see the relevance of physics and the leaps forward in history science has made.
For those who love relationship films it had that too. His wife Jane's dedication to him through much of his ordeal was breathtaking. Having three children with him amid the onslaught of the disease defied credulity.
In the end the message of the film speaks loud and clear to me as Hawking, through his voice synthesizer states: "Where there is life there is hope!" Indeed, the life of Stephen Hawking proves that hypothesis eminently true.