The Theory of Everything

I wasn’t super-enthusiastic about this film beforehand, and probably wouldn’t have wanted to see it at all were it not for the fact that I’d read A Briefer History of Time a few years ago and have always had a great respect for Stephen Hawking. Not that having an interesting person as its subject matter necessarily makes for an interesting film, but this one had got good reviews so I decided to give it a try.

The film turned out to be much as expected. It told the amazing story of a very special person (two, in fact, as Stephen Hawking’s first wife Jane was also pretty incredible), with a quite outstanding performance by Eddie Redmayne. It also provided a somewhat superficial but still interesting enough look into the unusual (to say the least) life of Stephen Hawking. As a piece of cinematographic art, however, it was less impressive: basically just a pretty straightforward piece of storytelling with nothing original to say. It was also a bit too ‘Hollywood’ for my liking, with far too much sentimental music welling up in the background to doubly underline the far too thickly laid-on emotions. It was certainly moving at times, and it did have its moments (the scene where the doctor told Stephen the bad news about his disease was especially well done), but given the subject matter it could have been a much more interesting film. It was only afterwards that I realised that the director, James Marsh, was also responsible for Shadow Dancer, which I’d seen a couple of years ago and found much more impressive than this film. So, worth the long drive to the cinema, but not a film I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

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Details:

title The Theory of Everything
director James Marsh
released 2014
actors Eddie Redmayne
language English
subtitles français
further information IMDb

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