As we saw in Shadow Dancer, James Marsh doesn’t shy away from complexity, so serious physics get considerable screenplay in this thoughtful look at the relationship between genial genius Stephen Hawking and his first wife Jane. They met at Cambridge just before he was diagnosed with ALS and a vibrant camera captures both the flush of youth and the hard-won pleasures of marital and professional maturity. Jones hides her lights behind Redmayne’s bushel, but he really shines. Any Oscars in those black holes?
The Theory of Everything | Directed by James Marsh (UK 2014) with Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones. Starts December 25
Originally published in issue #133, December 2014.