In a spectacular illustration of how people are more complex than the sum of their parts, the movie The Theory Of Everything challenges your point of view about the great mind Stephen Hawking, by giving us an intimate look into the former life of the unquestionable genius. This is more than a film; it's a biopic for the ages.
The Theory Of Everything, whose trailer premiered on the web this week, chronicles the life of Stephen Hawking, theoretically physicist, cosmologist, and author of A Brief History Of Time (1998) among a host of other great works. The film gives us an unexpected and rare look into the life of a great man by showing us the rapid progression of his crippling disease, which now confides him to a wheelchair and has limited his ability to speak normally.
Through the films trailer, the movie looks to be a solid hit for both the sappy romantic, the historical buff, and by extension of both, the movie lover in all of us. It examines his years in graduate school at the University of Cambridge, the relationship he developed with his first wife, Jane Wilde, and the eventual diagnosis and progression of his Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) for which he is widely known for.
Although, for Hawking, his disability presented him the opportunity to think more about complex problems as he was no longer limited in time like the modern world. As he told The Guardian in, The Return Of The Time Lord: "It is a waste of time to be angry about my disability. One has to get on with life and I haven't done badly. People won't have time for you if you are always angry or complaining."
But the film weighs less as a struggle and eventual overcoming of disability in a motivational and influential manner of a biopic, as it is a marvelous examination of the human soul; the former being a happy byproduct of such, but not the director's focus in any light. Very specifically, this human soul, and the influence he's had both on science, and on the world at large. Although marketed as the look at the relationship between the subject and his first wife, what we can gather from the trailer presents so much more than that.
"However bad life may seem, there is hope." The computer voice speaks to an audience in the film, identical to Hawking's own speech program.
This rare opportunity gives us insight to the life and mind of a great man, but further, it’s a unique opportunity to see the progression of the inevitable, and how we can resist defeat by simply challenging the parameters with which we define success and victory.
Given only two years to live, we the audience know that Hawking, now 72, is destined in the film to survive his prognosis, but the emotion captured in the face of English actor Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables), is something truly spectacular to behold.
The film will premiere in the U.S. on November 7 and on January 1 in the UK.