Thursday, December 4, 2014
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING REVIEW ;
Here is a movie I was very curious by, as it had gotten great reviews. But as it was about the science of black holes, I wasnt sure I would understand it. I went anyway. And I was happy I did. Here;s the story
The Theory of Everything stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. Its a biopic about the story of Stephen and Jane Hawking's life together. It starts when they are both students at Cambridge university. He's a scientist, and she is studying Art. But somehow, even though they don't have much in common, they like the passion they each have for life and the things in it. Just as Hawking was beginning to really do things in college, he starts to show signs of having a brain disease Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Otherwise known as Lou Gehrigs disease. Its a nerve disease that prevents movement. The usual prognosis is 2 years, and because it looks as though he will not live long, he tries to get Jane to leave him, as he doesn't want to make her feel like she should stay and watch him die. But she loves him and in an act of bravery, decides to stay with him no matter what. They get married and have kids, and he does some of his best work trying to figure out when time began, and then whether or not time ever began at all, but in fact has always just been there. He explains it, by describing the difference between Quantum and Relative theories of physics. He believed and studied Quantum physics. Which is the nature and behavior of matter and energy on a sub atomic level.(As opposed to Einstein, who studied Relativity, and thats the study of gravitation and space time IN time. understand?) Hawking has spent his whole life studying Quantum Physics. And even though he was very ill, he has lived well beyond his initial prognosis. He is now 72. And even though he and Jane are no longer married, they had three children, and managed to do a great deal of work together to help him become the scientist he is today. The movie goes into great detail of how she helped him, how they lived together, and how they grew apart.
Hawkings most famous book is called, "The Brief History of Time," and while it explains a lot about the universe, it is thought of as being very hard to understand if you don't understand basic physics. There were moments in the film that I was confused. The script does at points try to make it easy for the watcher, like a "Physics for Dummies," moment, but it still wasnt easy. However, it did make me glad that there were people out there that understood the world in a much bigger way then I do.
The Theory Of Everything may be a little confusing sometimes, but the performances and story are worth watching. I give it a B+