Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Theory of Everything

From Fandango: "James Marsh's biopic of the celebrated scientist Stephen Hawking, The Theory of Everything, stars Eddie Redmayne as the famous figure. Enrolled as a graduate student at Cambridge, Hawking establishes himself as one of the leading minds of his generation, and begins to win the heart of Jane (Felicity Jones). After one of his earliest breakthroughs, Hawking is diagnosed with ALS, and he becomes less and less able to control his own body. With the loyal Jane at his side, he continues his work. However, as the years progress, Jane starts to feel more like a nurse than a wife, and Hawking begins to have feelings for a woman who is hired to care for him. The Theory of Everything screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

The NY Times Review.

This movie presents a picture of a most unusual case of ALS -- a > 50 year survival (normal course is 2 - 4 years).  It shows how this devastating disorder impacts on the patient and his family. There is a saying, "the disease affects the patient; the illness impacts on the entire fabric of the family."  The Theory of Everything is not about theoretical physics.  The film is entertaining, not deep.  2 hours and 3 minutes  2014

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