'Theory' captures essence of Hawking

November 13, 2014 5:50 PM

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Just in physical terms, Eddie Redmayne's transformation into Stephen Hawking is something remarkable. Most of us are familiar with the wheelchair-bound Hawking, slouching to one side and speaking with an electronic voice. Redmayne turns himself into that Hawking over the course of "The Theory of Everything," but slowly, one gesture and deterioration at a time - until the resemblance becomes something between uncanny and downright freakish.

Along the way, he gives us a sense of Hawking's mind. In scenes from Hawking's student days, Redmayne listens to the professors with the special attention of someone who understands all that he hears and is racing ahead to the next conclusion. Later, as Hawking's body implodes from motor neuron dise...

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