The Theory of Everything tells the extraordinary story of one of the world's greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking (Eddie Redmayne, Les Misérables, My Week With Marilyn) received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane (Felicity Jon`es, Like Crazy, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of—time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. The film is based on the memoir "Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen," by Jane Hawking, and is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire).
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
November 26 - December 4
Wednesday - Thursday: (4:30), 7:30 and 9:45
Friday - Saturday: (1:45, 4:30), 7:30 and 9:45
Sunday: (1:45, 4:30) and 7:30
Monday - Thursday: (4:30) and 7:30
Directed by: James Marsh
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Emily Watson and David Thewlis
Hawking speaks to the heart in 'The Theory of Everything'
Like “A Beautiful Mind,” “The Theory of Everything” is less concerned with its protagonist’s ideas than his infirmities. Although most of the movie takes place in academia, we don’t learn enough about the Big Bang or relativity to ace an astronomy exam, but we do get an honors-level lesson in acting. Comparisons to “My Left Foot” are inevitable, and Oscar voters may not be able to resist Redmayne’s stellar performance. But Screenwriter Anthony McCarten and director James Marsh ensure that this is not manipulative disability porn. The early courtship scenes have a giddy rhythm that’s reflected in the imagery: a spiral staircase, swirled coffee, a carousel. And even when Hawking can no longer move or communicate without mechanical assistance, there are flashes of humor. There’s little room on the movie’s agenda for the Hawkings’ human failures. “The Theory of Everything” is a brainy bio that exerts a gravitational pull on the heartstrings. - - Joe Williams / St. Louis Post-Dispatch - - (Three and a half stars out of four)