The Theory of Everything: A Love Story Not Bound By Gravity

The Theory of Everything: A Love Story Not Bound By Gravity

Shelby Tindall, Co-managing Editor

His mind changed our world. Her love changed his.


“The Theory of Everything” is the heartbreaking story of the marriage of the genius we all know, Stephen Hawking, and his wife Jane. The movie starts at Cambridge, where Stephen (Eddie Redmayne from “Les Miserables”) meets Jane Wilde (“Like Crazy’s” Felicity Jones), a young woman studying medieval Spanish poetry. The two begin to fall in love, but Stephen gets diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and is expected to only live two years. Stephen changes from the lively and witty young man to someone who has given up hope of his research and love.


But not Jane. She never gives up on their love or his research and, thanks to her strength, he becomes the man we know today. The movie follows their life together, and the subsequent rises and falls as they struggle to keep their marriage intact.


The movie isn’t what you would expect. From the broad perspective, it is a biopic on the life of Stephen and Jane Hawking. But at the heart of it, the movie is more than that. It is a love story, a glimpse at the life of these two public figures.


The film accurately portrays the two young lovers coming together, despite the struggles they must face with Stephen’s disease. One of the most moving scenes to me was the depiction of Jane. She was so strong. She not only took care of Stephen and their children by herself, but also continued to work on getting her PhD.


The movie also deals with the couple’s outside relationships. These are two very real people with very human emotions. The strain of all the work Jane has to do causes tension in her marriage. She finds an outlet in choir, where she meets Jonathan, the choirmaster, who eventually comes to help take care of Stephen. As with any two people helping each other, it is not uncommon for emotions to arise between the two. And a new nurse for Stephen later in the film doesn’t make matters any easier as emotions and tension continue to rise.


The most heartbreaking part of the story is to see how Jane has stood by Stephen her whole life, toiling to help Stephen achieve all he can while still  taking care of the children, above her own happiness. Jane has always supported Stephen, keeping him on life support, providing a chair that enabled him to talk, and supporting his efforts to write a book. She was even there during his first talk to explain his theory on black holes. To see where their relationship ends up after all of her devotion is, to be spoiler free, quite emotional.


Even if the storyline doesn’t interest you (but really who doesn’t love a good romance?), the performances will blow you away. Redmayne’s portrayal of Stephen is unbelievable. You can almost feel the pain as Stephen’s body begins to degenerate and he begins to lose control of his body. The relatively unknown Jones steals the show too with her raw emotion, and if you weren’t a fan of the two actors beforehand, you will be after the movie.


So if you are looking for a moving, emotional, funny, romantic, heartbreaking, or cathartic film to watch during this holiday time, “The Theory of Everything” is for you.