*****NOMINATED FOR 5 OSCARS*****
Stephen Hawking is considered to be one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Albert Einstein. He was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics from 1979-2009 at Cambrigde. Interestingly this same post was occupied by Issac Newton back in 1663. There is no doubt in anybody’s mind that Stephan Hawking is a true genius, and The Theory of Everything is not out to prove that, rather it tries to present us the person behind the great Stephan Hawking mind. It’s a wonderful thing to get at least a tiny glimpse into the ever so private life of Stephen Hawking.
The Theory of Everything is a celebration to the love story behind Stephen and Jane Hawking. The story is an emotional one, and it wasn’t without tears that I managed to watch this film. Johann Johannsson deserves Oscar praise for the score he composed for this film, its a very powerful score, full of emotion, and apt for this epic tale.
Stephen himself has come out and said that the film is “broadly true”, and he was also keen enough to lend his copyrighted voice, plus a few other personal belongings, such as his Medal of Freedom and his signed thesis. Again, it’s exciting when the real people behind these biographical pieces actively support them!
Stephen has been depicted in some cartoons, at times a little ‘dudley’, in my opinion, but nevertheless, a nod to him. There was also a BBC TV movie entitled Hawking (2004), in which Benedict Cumberbatch played the role of Stephen. (I haven’t seen said film, but i’m keen to check it out…) This latest addition to the depictions of Stephen Hawking is played by Eddie Redmayne. The performance that Eddie delivers is stellar, and worthy of an Oscar. Even Stephan said, in an email to the director, James Marsh, that at times he thought he was watching himself, in reference to Eddie’s portrayal of him.
Turns out that in preparation for the role, Eddie was “obsessive” to the point that his osteopath told him that he had altered the alignment of his spine. This apparently was due to the level of commitment that he gave whilst playing the role. In preparation he also lost 15 pounds, trained with a dancer, so as to learn how to control his body. He would also stand in front of a mirror for hours, contorting his face, and between takes he would sit motionless with his back hunched over! Eddie describes it himself, “I fear I’m a bit of a control freak”, “I’m not sure it was healthy.”
We have seen a host of amazing performances in cinema for 2014. Eddie’s is stand out. I’ll be cheering him on from the side-lines in hope that he does win the Oscar. Of note too, Felicity Jones, she plays Jane Hawking, is also up for an Oscar nomination.
The Theory of Everything is an emotional journey, full of beautiful colour and cleverly laid-out sets. There is a lot of green, I’m not sure if there is a significance to this, if anybody knows, please tell me!? Regardless you will enjoy this film and you’ll want to find out more about Stephen Hawking.
TRIVIA COOKIE: In a scene, Stephen types out the words, “Daisy, Daisy give me your answer, do”. This is in reference to the first song to be sung by a computer generated voice. In 1961 an IBM 7094 sings the song, I’ve tracked down a link so that you can check it out. It is also a nod to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, since the computer HAL 9000 also sings the song, in a most memorable scene.