This is definitely a year of biopics and one of the top contenders for an Oscar nomination in a category looks to be The Theory of Everything, a look at the life of renowned genius Stephen Hawking.
Currently playing at The Arclight Pasadena, The Theory of Everything stars Eddie Redmayne as the physicist and Felicity Jones as his very patient wife. To be honest, I’ve never thought much of Redmayne as an actor and was surprised to see him cast as Maurius in the film version of the Les Miserables musical and even more surprised that his singing was pretty good. So I was downright shocked to watch his transformation into Stephen Hawking, who has to be the most famous disabled person in the world.
As Stephen Hawking, Redmayne manages to convey emotions from the beginning of the film as a gawky young doctoral candidate with big bounce in his step to his eventual paralysis as an ALS sufferer. Whether he has the power of the speech or uses a computer voice to communicate, Redmayne’s emotions play across his face perfectly.
Matching his acting chops is Felicity Jones as Hawking’s first wife, Jane Hawking. Whether she is struggling to understand Hawking’s theories or struggling to be his caretaker and the mother of their three children, Jones’ quiet and understated performance is nothing short of remarkable.
Well shot, well-acted and well-written, The Theory of Everything has been nominated for four Golden Globes, including both lead actors and is sure to get a couple Oscar mentions as well.