The Theory of Everything

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones as Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde.

The Theory of Everything, directed by James Marsh, explores the complex and moving relationship between world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and his first wife Jane Wilde.  The film begins in 1963 Cambridge as Stephen (Eddie Redmayne) and Jane (Felicity Jones) meet for the first time at a party.  As in a true love fairy tale, the two of them exchange looks at each other and quickly seem attracted to one another.  Jane, however, seems the most interested while Stephen appears nervous and awkward, but curious at the beautiful Jane.  This is the beginning of a very complex and “spiritual,” if you will, relationship between Jane and Stephen.

The film portrays a very intricate examination of the relationship between Stephen and Jane.  It appears, however, that Jane is the one that initiated and moved the relationship forward.  That would seem accurate as Stephen’s health would deteriorate due to his diagnoses of Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Stephen would become more and more dependent of Jane and as the film progresses, we see the difficulties that arise because of this.  It’s very sad and moving to see both Jane and Stephen try to keep a healthy and stable relationship, but as we may have known, the relationship would deteriorate as Stephen’s health.

Although the film is based on Jane Hawking’s memior, Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, the film does have some inaccuracies, as most biographical films do, such as the fact that Stephen and Jane began dating after Stephen was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Overall, the film displays a more realistic view of a moving relationship between a man and a woman by showing the difficulties and problems that arise in a relationship that seemed destined to last to infinity.


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