On What Defines Love in the Theory of Everything, A Movie Review

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Theory of EverythingEvery once in a while, there will be a biopic that tugs at the heartstrings. The Theory of Everything shows how Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones) gets drawn into Stephen Hawking’s (Eddie Redmayne) world and it’s not necessarily bleak. This film highlights his years as a grad student a few months before the crippling Lou Gehrig’s disease would slowly devastate his body.

Time is the cruel beast here, and to see how these two fight against the odds is at the core of this movie than to unravel the answers as to how the universe works that Hawking is attempting to find. That also includes looking into just how truly supportive Wilde was to her husband.

In due time, the two separated; anyone following Hawking’s life will know this. This film serves to highlight more of the best of times than the worst of times of Stephen and Jane’s marriage. The performances by Redmayne will no doubt earn him an Oscar nod, and for Jones, perhaps a tear of affection in showing just how restrained Wilde became during her time with him. There’s something that wants to burst open from her but honour comes before duty and affairs of the heart.

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