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Having read ‘A Brief History in Time’ (1988) by Stephen Hawking, I was anxiously anticipating the release of THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (2014) starring Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, and Tom Prior. I confess—I join the legions of admirers desperate for a personal glimpse of the man widely known as the world’s greatest living mind. THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING is an undeniable success as it covers uncharted personal territory rarely detailed in Hawking’s widely academic publications. This movie is so much more than just a biography, it’s a must see for anyone who’s struggled against unsurmountable odds to achieve what the world assumed was unobtainable in their love life and career.

Cambridge University, circa 1963, and we join a young astrophysicist named Stephen Hawking as he falls passionately in love with fellow student Jane Wilde. Based on Jane Hawking's memoir ‘Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen’ (2007), THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING explores how Hawking’s catastrophic medical diagnosis abruptly coincided with his future plans with Wilde, the unrelenting advancement of his ALS, and his ground breaking work with the nature of time.

In the later part of the movie, Hawking even lent his own synthetically produced voice to the film, complete with his trademark west coast accent. His personally signed PHD thesis paper and his original medal-of-honor medallion even made their way onto the set. Sadly, by the time Hawking’s extraordinary achievements in general relativity and quantum gravity become world famous, his limbs had folded inward like a human pretzel and his mind was tapped in a cage of unresponsive tissue.

Watching Eddie Redmayne contort his body and transform his speech throughout the course of the movie convinced me he’s on the fast track for an Oscar nomination. He did not act as Hawking would—I believe, for two hours, he was Hawking. Directed by James Marsh, Rated PG-13, 123 Minutes, Drama, Romance, Biography. ****4 stars out of 5.

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Reviewed by Lynne Martin November 22, 2014
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