Cast is sublime in ‘Theory of Everything’

November 14, 2014 1:53 AM

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Cast is sublime in ‘Theory of Everything’

This year’s “The King’s Speech,” “The Theory of Everything” hews so closely to the Masterpiece theater-like tradition of fine British filmmaking that at some level it is a parody of that tradition’s virtues. Eddie Redmayne (“My Week with Marilyn”), an actor whose charms I have for the most part resisted, is simply breathtaking as Stephen Hawking, and Felicity Jones, whose work in the title role in “The Invisible Woman” left me lukewarm, is radiant and triumphant as Jane Wilde Hawking.

The film, directed by James Marsh (“Project Nim,” “Shadow Dancer”) and written by Anthony McCarten (“Death of a Superhero”), based on the memoir “Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen” by Jane Wilde Hawking, cunningly presents Stephen and his buddies as a bunch of adolescent misfits, newly arr...

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