Blu-ray Review: ‘The Theory Of Everything’ Is Simply Beautiful


When I finished watching ‘The Theory Of Everything,’ nominated for Oscar best picture, the first time all I could think of was one word. That one word was simply “beautiful”. I thought the music was beautiful. I thought the performances were beautiful. I thought the story was beautiful, and I thought the music that had been running through the entire film was just simply beautiful.

For those of you that don’t know, the film is a 30 year journey in the life of the brilliant astrophysicist Stephen Hawking (played by an Oscar Nominee Eddie Redmayne). Sadly, many may not know his mind bending work on black holes and how he tried to find one marvelous equation for everything that there is. Needless to say, he is one of the smartest men alive today. He also can’t physically speak, walk, write, or just about any other thing we take for granted. He has a disease called motor neuron and this film is the amazing story of how one woman’s love helped stop that disease from stopping him.

That woman is named Jane and she is fantastically played by (Oscar Nominted Felecity Jones). Her and Stephen meet at a party just a short time before he begins to lose function. Their love is not instantaneous, but it is quick. However, when Stephen finds out about his disease he tries to separate himself from her. He believes his life will be very short and doesn’t want to hurt her. Jane won’t have it. She loves him with all her heart and she is willing to do whatever she has to in order to be with him.

The film is truly about those near 30 years they were married and all the difficulty the two of them had to face in order for his genius to be shared with the world. That task that she set before herself is as painful and unrewarding as just about anything you can imagine, but their love sustained them through some very hard times. The film lets us experience that difficulty and the determination it takes to be with someone who cannot reciprocate that love physically. Yet, it also tackles the times where she nearly strays from her marital vows and the complicated relationship she had with one man who helped them.

It’s all handled just perfectly by every talented individual associated with the film. Director James Marsh has taken everything at his disposal and mixed it all together to make a film about great difficulty feel like great success. Which is exactly what Stephen Hawking’s life has been. Eddie Redmayne’s performance is really the thing that hits that home. He goes from a normal individual to a completely crippled man in this film and conveys it with ease. It’s the type of performance that the Oscars were made for.

If you are worried that this film may depress you do to the subject matter then stop worrying. This film will likely make you cry, but most of those tears will be of joy. This is the real story of how love can conquer some of most powerful things in the world.  This film is not sad. It’s absolutely beautiful.

Bonus Features on Blu-ray™ and DVD
· Deleted Scenes

· Becoming the Hawkings

· Feature Commentary with director James Marsh

On Digital HD now and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™, and On Demand February 17, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Nathan Ligon
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