'The Theory of Everything' picks up with famous physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) as a young man, pursuing his doctorate at the University of Cambridge in the early 1960s. There, he encounters Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones), a literature student and kindred spirit – with whom Stephen is quick to begin a romantic relationship.

Shortly after, Stephen is diagnosed with motor neuron disease and is only expected to live for two more years. Rather than separating herself from Stephen, Jane marries him and the pair begin a family. As the years go by, Stephen continues to break new ground in the fields of theoretical physics and cosmology, even as he loses more and more of his basic physical abilities (yet his mind and personality remain as defined as ever). Meanwhile, Jane faces great challenges as she cares for her husband, children, and herself.

The film unfolds as an interesting, moving, and thematically-rich drama that examines love and human relationships, in their many forms. In the end, 'The Theory of Everything' provides a thoughtful meditation on life, the universe, and everything in between, by highlighting complex human drama over big scientific ideas. Eddie Redmayne has especially received attention for his physical transformation playing Stephen Hawking, but what really makes his performance so compelling is how the actor expresses Stephen’s personality so effectively, regardless of the physical state of the character.

Well-acted and often moving, 'The Theory of Everything' is ultimately an insightful love story and it’s easy to imagine this film being remembered even after the current buzz of the awards season. 

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