Thursday, 8 January 2015

On The Theory Of Everything

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I'm pretty sure that everyone has heard of Stephen Hawking. I learnt about him last year when studying the philosophy of religion and although I suppose I've always been aware of him and what a remarkable physicist he's known for being, I've always hated physics and never really thought about Hawking or his disease. One quote of his did strike me last year, however. I had to learn it for an exam when studying whether religion and science can ever be compatible but I really liked it. It went, "an expanding universe does not preclude a creator, but it does place limits on when he might have carried out his job!".

Anyway, as I'm sure thousands of others did in the first few days of the new year, I went to see The Theory of Everything with my friends, which is based on the memoirs of Hawking's first wife, Jane, 'Travelling to Infinity'. The film was beautiful; poignant and heartbreaking with impeccable acting from both Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. I bawled my eyes out from about twenty minutes in to the end of the film as the story unfolded and I learnt about two lives and what they'd been through, while both are still alive.

It's not often you get to see films based on true events that follow people who are still alive today. I suppose that is why when I do see these films, I am even more moved than usual. More than anything, I found The Theory of Everything inspiring and am glad that I went because, in my opinion, it was truly brilliantly done and Eddie Redmayne's acting alone was outstanding. I have been reading articles such as this which suggest that Hawking is not as altruistic as the film may make him appear. And, while I think that such articles are definitely worth reading as it does seem that the film leaves out some important parts of Jane Hawking's memoir, it doesn't take away my feeling of awe at what Stephen and Jane Hawking went through. A film that is definitely worth seeing in my opinion.

What films have you seen recently? I'm always looking for recommendations!

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