Verdict: Simply beautiful
Portrayed and told brilliantly.
About the life of Stephen Hawking (played by Eddie Redmayne) and the withstanding relationship with his wife, Jane (Felicity Jones). Hawking is a really prominent figure best known for his robotic voice, but probably not many really know the details of his life. The film though gives us a brief background on how he came to be where he is, but focuses mainly on his marriage with Jane. Directed by James Marsh.
The acting was just sensational. Eddie Redmayne encompasses the character of Stephen Hawking so well, that I almost came to believe that Hawking himself was in the film. His slight facial expressions down to his minor feet movements were just so detailed and done with so much care and precision that I cannot give him enough credit. Felicity Jones as well, played her part really well and you could really feel her love emitting from her. The chemistry between them was just too good; it was heartbreaking to watch. This may be the best love story ever portrayed.
The supporting actors also played their part well, and every connection in this film was well felt. To name a few; Charlie Cox as Jonathan Hellyer Jones, Harry Lloyd as Brian and David Thewlis as Dennis Sciama.
Not knowing much of Hawking’s life myself, I’m not sure how credible this film is, but Hawking himself seems to be satisfied that it mainly depicts the truth. It didn’t really seem like much drama was added to it to make the film more ‘exciting’, so I’m going to believe that most of what was shown is the truth. My interest has definitely been peaked after seeing this, and I definitely want to give a go at reading “The Theory of Everything” as well as Jane Hawking’s book “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen”, which this film is based on.
The cinematography was marvellous and I could really notice when great shots were taken. It added so much depth and feel to the film. The costume designs as well, really caught my attention and was well done. Kudos to Marsh, this film was brilliantly made.
One thing I would’ve liked was probably to have more of an insight into Hawking’s emotions. I got the feeling that the only one who was troubled was Jane, when obviously Hawking is the one with ALS and would’ve had emotional or psychological breakdowns as well. Or maybe it just wasn’t known because he couldn’t really speak, or that his coping skills are really top class as from what this film depicts, he has a humorous personality which might have helped him cope with his disease.
PROS: Acting, cinematography, chemistry, directing
CONS: Bit more of his emotional reactions?
I give this a 9/10.
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