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Part biopic, part love story, The Theory of Everything rises on James Marsh's polished direction and the strength of its two leads.
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Watching him [Eddie Redmayne] slumped in an electric wheelchair, simulating the effects of Hawking's motor neurone disease, it's easy to forget you're looking at an actor.
Pleasing to watch... but [leaves] little lasting impression.
There's a mischievous quality to Redmayne that seems a good match with the wit Hawking has always managed to convey with a raised eyebrow and a mechanically-voiced quip.
If the film unfolds like a fairytale, at least it's a fairytale that doesn't often get told.
There's little acrimony in The Theory of Everything, which may reflect Hawking's actual outlook or just the movie's puppyish desire to please.
Director Marsh is a gifted documentarian, but at this point, his dramatic technique is too shallow to get inside his characters' heads.
The Theory of Everything is a good, if very conventional, film, but the real story it's based on could have been made into a great one.
Redmayne is brilliant as Stephen Hawking.
Adheres to the standard biography blueprint. What helps "The Theory of Everything" rise above mediocrity is Redmayne and Jones.
In many ways comparable to the Ron Howard-directed A Beautiful Mind, the introspective The Theory Of Everything is a marvelous calculation of time and space that even the real-life Stephen Hawking can embrace with conviction.
The Theory of Everything has all of the right components to be acknowledged come this awards season.
The film is worth seeing for the performance alone.
It's amazing to see Redmayne disappear early on in the film and watch what fees like the actual Hawking for the story of his love life and early career. The other performances are great too but Redmayne can't possibly get enough praise for his portrayal of the scientist. Especially in the middle part the film could have used some trimming or emphasis on more interesting parts but especially the beginning and ending are very sweet and engaging, worthy of the great human being portrayed here.
According to the movies either you get the girls or you're a genius, you can't have both. (Makes me wonder how they'll handle a woman genius) And how does one portray mucho schmartz on film anyway? Well, you've gotta focus on the exterior stuff, which in the case of the renowned Stephen Hawkings means a physically debilitating disease, a tight network of supportive friends, and your wife attending plenty of church choir practice. Soap opera, yes, but with tea instead of beer.
British productions always seem to gain favor when it comes to getting Oscar nominations. This may come from the residual guilt of the American film elite over the constant stream of stupid, lame brained films our country churns out every year. This year the token British film is "The Theory of Everything." Like "The King's Speech" before it, this film has been given unneeded, unwarranted nominations. It will probably be the single most contentious film to be nominated this year.
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It's pretty much mandatory that you see a movie that has both Eddie Redmayne and Charlie Cox in it, so I'm not sure a review is necessary. Obviously, the acting is wonderful throughout the film, and Redmayne's physical acting is legendary. Good costumes, great music and cinematography. Much like Professor Hawking (the subject of the movie), this film is beyond compare.
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