Ms Kanta

Voracious reader and DPhil candidate blogs about books and scholarly life.

Film in Oxford: ‘The Theory of Everything’ covers everything but science

As I mentioned in a previous blog, everyone was asking me if I’d seen ‘The Theory of Everything’. Here is my review, and I included some remarks about that *other* Stephen Hawking biopic as well.

The Oxford Culture Review

– Professor Stephen Hawking is a physicist and professor of mathematics who has made amazing contributions to cosmology through his work on the Big Bang and black holes.

– Stephen Hawking is a brilliant man who was tragically struck by ALS at a young age and struggled to overcome this to become the world’s most celebrated scientist.

These two stories are not incompatible with each other. Of course not; they are both the story of the same man. However, it is not hard to guess which story is being told in The Theory of Everything. Quite frustratingly, the movie, which is otherwise commendable, fails to avoid the pitfall of depicting a scientist’s life without properly discussing his science.

Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything

The film itself is enjoyable and well put together, although it becomes sentimental at times. Eddie Redmayne’s lead performance is astonishing…

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