This ‘Theory’ doesn’t quite cover everything

December 4, 2014 9:07 PM

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“The Theory of Everything” is a beautiful and well-acted film sure to garner award nominations for its moving portrayal of renowned cosmologist Stephen Hawking and his relationship with his incredibly accommodating wife. Director James Marsh (“Man on Wire”) chooses to focus less on Hawking’s brilliance and pioneering work as a theoretical physicist and successful author and more on his marriage to first wife Jane Wilde, whom he met while a student at Cambridge University in the 1960s.

This allows for terrific performances by both leads — Eddie Redmayne (Marius in “Les Miserables”) and Felicity Jones (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) — both of which are penetrating and gently nuanced.

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