That movie about Stephen Hawking

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything

The movie is called The Theory of Everything, but most of you will simply refer to it as that movie about Stephen Hawking.

Hawking is the British physicist who suffered for decades from a motor neuron disease related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). But what made his life so extraordinary was his will to live, learn and share his knowledge, even when his scientific discoveries flip-flopped at times.

The movie depicts an extraordinary life of one of the world’s greatest living minds, and in this movie Hawking’s story was told through the views of his ex-wife Jane Wilde.

The film chronicled the renowned astrophysicist from an young age when he fell in love with Wilde at Cambridge. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received the earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age.

With Wilde fighting tirelessly by his side, Hawking embarked on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he was fighting against — time. Together, they defied the impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science and achieving more than anyone could have with or without his conditions.

The Theory of Everything was not based on Hawking’s autobiography. It was rather a life (sort of love) story told by Wilde. But according to the director (James Marsh) and screenwriter (Anthony McCarten), the movie was loosely based on her memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, her marriage to Hawking for 30 years.

In our humble opinion, this is a great film with an amazing cast. One thing we know for sure is that Eddie Redmayne (of Les Misérables and My Week with Marilyn) will definitely receive an Oscar nod in the best actor category for his portrayal of Dr.  Hawking.

Focus Features has set a limited release date of Nov. 7 for The Theory of Everything. It will be expanded to more theatres in Canada and the United States on Nov. 14 and 21.

This is a Geektown must-see.