To encapsulate any person’s life into a 90 minute film is no mean feat, but when that person is one of history’s most brilliant minds? That’s a real toughie – and one that director James Marsh was eager to take on with The Theory of Everything. The thing you as a viewer have to remember is that this movie isn’t so much a story about the sheer genius of Stephen Hawking (played with care and integrity by Eddie Redmayne) as it is the story of a loving relationship thrashed by tragedy and success.
It very quickly becomes clear that Hawking’s mostly-steadfast wife Jane (a fantastic Felicity Jones) has grown to feel trapped by the growing demands of his illness and intellectual clout, which makes the emotional roller coaster that follows worthy of a few hours of your weekend. Need more? We briefly picked Marsh’s brain to learn more about what made him take the plunge, the limits of truth in filmmaking and how Hawking’s musings on time influenced how the movie ebbs and flows.