The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary true story of one of the world’s most renowned physicists, Stephen Hawking, played by Eddie Redmayne in an Academy Award®-winning performance.
The film opens in 1960s Cambridge University, where Stephen is studying as a devoted cosmology PhD student., There, he falls in love with art student Jane Wilde (played by Felicity Jones). As their romance blooms, Stephen receives a devastating diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease, and is given just two years to live. At just 21, with Jane by his side, he embarks on his ground-breaking scientific work studying the very thing he’s fighting against: time. Together, Stephen and Jane defy impossible odds.
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).
Featuring studies of space, time, and black holes, Stephen Hawking’s work isn’t for lightweights. His studies permeate every aspect of his life, including his courtship with Jane. In one visually striking scene, Stephen explains how stars expel UV rays by watching couples dance under a blue light.
In another, he muses on "winding back the clock" to hypothesize on what happened when time began, as Jane dances around him. Stephen demonstrates the fundamentals of theoretical physics while keeping it playful as he falls for his future wife.
Later, the PhD review committee assesses Stephen’s dissertation. . Upon discovering that he’s earned his doctorate, Stephen proudly declares his next endeavor: to prove - with a single equation - that time had a definite beginning.
Hope and Faith
The film juxtaposes logical academic research with intangible spiritual philosophies and the irrational, emotional, and gravitational pull of love.
In this moving scene, Professor Hawking, in the grips of his disease, gives a lecture on his work. Fielding questions about whether he views his scientific work through the lens of a particular faith, he has a brief fantasy about being able to pick up a pen that an attractive female student has dropped.
He then philosophizes on his outlook:
“There should be no boundary to human endeavour. We’re all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. While there is life, there is hope.”
Stephen’s achievements are even more extraordinary in the face of his illness. He survived, thrived, and succeeded, both personally (as seen in this sweet scene where he and Jane watch their family play) and for the advancement of humankind.
Blink to Choose
As his movement becomes more limited and MND settles in further, Stephen learns to communicate by blinking with the help of his indefatigable wife Jane.
"I have loved you"
Stephen and Jane realise their marriage is over. Stephen tells Jane that his nurse, Elaine, will accompany him on tour in America. The grace with which they navigated the end of their relationship is a true testament to the love and respect the pair held for each other. Their embedded understanding of each other allowed them to part elegantly, and each to follow their different paths with the full support of the other.
My Name Is Stephen Hawking
We hear Stephen Hawking’s iconic computerized voice for the first time. It's a pivotal moment, and a masterful feat of science.
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