Nominated for best picture of the year in 2015, and winner of best performance by an actor in a leading role (Eddie Redmayne), The Theory of Everything was a tour de force as it showed the in-depth life of the infamous astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, as he falls in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde, played by Felicity Jones. At the age of 21, Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, which slowly weakens his muscles, affecting his ability to speak, move, and even breathe. All of this happens as Hawking is beginning his doctoral thesis on the nature of time and the presence of black holes at the beginning of the universe. Throughout the film, Eddie Redmayne’s acting capability shines as he shows the slow, brutal degradation of Hawking as he rises to infamy and is lauded as one of the greatest minds of the modern world.
In general, the film is wonderful semi-fictional biographical film that gives us a window into the personal life of a man who was very private. We see Hawking’s children born and grow as personal strife and physical ailments begin to unwind Hawking’s personal life. Celebrate the life of Stephen Hawking with this film, as well as many other materials about his life and his theories, by checking out materials from our circulation desk or accessing them online through our website, library.bellevue.edu. This film can be found in our DVD collection, which is immediately to the right as you enter through the main entrance of the library, and can be checked out for a total of 7 days.
Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than Books, V. 19 No. 3, Summer 2016.