The Theory of Everything

November 14, 2014

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING.

Directed by: James Marsh

Written by: Anthony McCarten

Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, Simon McBurney, David Thewlis

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 123 minutes

At the heart of THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING is a touching true-life love story between Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and Jane Wilde Hawking (Felicity Jones), and their challenges as Mr. Hawking battles amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Redmayne’s performance as an active young man who succumbs to the debilitating and physically paralyzing disease is award-worthy. And Jones’ performance may not be as physically straining as Redmayne’s, but she provides a much-needed anchor for the Hawking family and for the film as well. The director, James Marsh, better know for his documentaries MAN ON WIRE and PROJECT NIM, brings a visual vitality and warmth to the film.

Grade: A-

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