I finally got around to watching The Theory of Everything, which has gotten pretty good reviews and some Oscar buzz. I have to say in Vancouver it was very difficult to find a theater that was actually showing this movie, so I had to wait very patiently for it to come out online. I am not too familiar with the actors Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones but they did an incredible job performing these rather difficult roles.
I have long been fascinated by the life of Stephen Hawking who is now 72 years old. He has achieved so much despite his very limiting motor neuron disease, which stands as an inspiration for me. In this movie though, I began to see him as less of the hero and saw his first wife Jane Wilde as his true savior. You know what they say; “behind great men there is a great woman” and if it wasn’t for her, I honestly don’t think he would have ever made it. The film covers the trials and tribulations of having to deal with Stephen’s disease and shows the strength of a woman who carries her family all the way through one of the most difficult situations one could be faced with.
Actual replicated picture of Stephen and Jane from the movie.
SPOILER ALERT: I won’t spoil the movie much but I will say this; I was never familiar with Stephen Hawking’s personal life and I was disappointed to find out how things ended for him in his first marriage. I think he lost respect for his one true love (and I am not sure if he will ever get it back) she did so much for him and yet it seems he was unappreciative. There were a lot of moments when I cried because of the incredible emotions you feel throughout this movie. The very last line just made me burst into tears as Stephen Hawking and his then ex-wife look at their children playing in the yard and he says to her while looking at his kids: “look at what we created”. That line has still stayed with me! Beautiful movie- very touching! I say it’s a must watch but be warned it’s very emotional!