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The Theory of Everything [DVD] [2014]

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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (473 out of 481)

    Special Features


    • Deleted scenes
    • Becoming the Hawkings
    • Feature commentary with director James Marsh

    Synopsis


    The Theory of Everything
    James Marsh's biopic of the celebrated scientist Stephen Hawking, The Theory of Everything, stars Eddie Redmayne as the famous figure. Enrolled as a graduate student at Cambridge, Hawking establishes himself as one of the leading minds of his generation, and begins to win the heart of Jane (Felicity Jones). After one of his earliest breakthroughs, Hawking is diagnosed with ALS, and he becomes less and less able to control his own body. With the loyal Jane at his side, he continues his work. However, as the years progress, Jane starts to feel more like a nurse than a wife, and Hawking begins to have feelings for a woman who is hired to care for him. The Theory of Everything screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Eddie Redmayne
      Eddie Redmayne - Stephen Hawking
    • Felicity Jones
      Felicity Jones - Jane Wilde
    • David Thewlis
      David Thewlis - Dennis Sciama
    • Emily Watson
      Emily Watson - Beryl Wilde
    • Charlie Cox
      Charlie Cox - Jonathan Hellyer Jones



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 481 reviews

    98%
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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good disc/meandering flick

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      Drew23
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      'The Theory of Everything' leaves out the theory and emphasizes everything else. It is the type of Stephen Hawking movie that most people would probably prefer to see, but that doesn't mean it's the film that should have been made. It glosses over the seedier and more intriguing parts of Hawking's life, to focus on elements of romance, struggle, triumph, and heartbreak contained within his marriage to his first wife. His womanizing and extramarital affairs are hinted at, and then skipped over. There's almost no time spent on his theories, how he constructed and formulated them, or the impact that they had on intellectual enlightenment, or the scholars of his generation. By taking this route, the filmmakers left a better and more interesting film on the table. I couldn't help thinking that if they would have used the components that they deliberately left out, and directed their attention to the grittier aspects of his life, the result would have been a Stephen Hawking film to behold. As it stands, we are forced to settle for a merely good piece of Oscar bait. The problem with that is nearly every scene in the film feels like it was shot with the intention of being used in an Oscar campaign. In spite of this, Eddie Redmayne is excellent as Hawking. He does some truly agonizing work, in the best possible sense. He is certainly deserving of his Oscar nomination and all of the accolades coming his way. However, it feels like every one of his movements and actions were meticulously calculated for maximum possible affect. It's astonishing work, to be sure, just a bit too premeditated. Felicity Jones is spectacular, in a far less showy role. If you desire a pleasant little Stephen Hawking bio-pic that is full of niceties, melodrama, and sentimentality, you'll find 'The Theory of Everything' perfectly suitable. If you would rather see something daring and insightful, you may have to wait a very long time.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Outstanding Love Story

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      Wizard
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      "The Theory of Everything"is a beautiful story of love, brilliance, resilience, loss and forgiveness. Whether or not the Stephen Hawking character finds out about his disease in a fall in a hall or, as reported, elsewhere is of little consequence. The important thing is terrific acting that shows us what the real Stephen Hawking must have felt. It is through brilliant character development that viewers can vicariously experience how tragedy can be conquered by powerful thinking and brave determination. I hope the actors, particularly, Eddie Redmayne are recognized for this tour de force. Aside from my raves for the acting and, I should mention as well, the fine writing of the book and script, it was tremendously refreshing to see a film that is not about killing, hate, gratuitous violence and men in silly costumes that belie reality or girls trying to catch a man or vice versa. I'm happy to go to the theatre to see science made understandable and even sexy instead of being dumbed down by a date film or, as I said, a glorification of violence.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A very touching film.

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      TheCrimsonKing42
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      Interesting to see a true story romance that works and yet doesn't "end happily" due to real life events. Eddie Redmayne hasn't been on my rader until now and here, he's terrific. Probably the 2nd best performance I've seen from 2014 so far after Jake Gylenhaal in Nightcrawler, keeping in mind I still have a lot to see. The film and the role are sooooo Oscar bait-y, but both the movie and Redmayne are able to rise above its obvious manipulative appeal. I've been a huge fan of Felicity Jones since Like Crazy, and I hope this is finally her opportunity to be a big star as I think she deserves. The only real criticism I have is the obligatory athiesm vs. god/ science vs. god debate that has no real place and of course lets "faith" win the "argument."

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      stunning portrayal

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      Astrogopher
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      This film is all about showing the human side of this great scientist at all stages of his life, starting in college. The acting performance by Eddie Redmayne as Hawking is truly remarkable as he completely and accurately captures Hawking's facial expressions. There is very little discussion of the science behind his theories, but that wasn't the point of this film. The film does a great job of showing the love story between Stephen and his wife and how as his disease progressed, it took a toll on their marriage. The film moves at a good pace which helps keep you engaged. I highly recommend this film if you want to learn about the human drama surrounding this man's life.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Brief History of Time

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      Rocky
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      This is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of "time". Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed.

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Brilliant mind + Sacrificial heart = Good movie

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      PaperMatt
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      When boy meets girl and fall in love, usually that means a happy ending type of story. But with Jane and Stephen, it's what happens in between that separates them from most couples. Gifted with intelligence, Stephen Hawking studies at Cambridge in pursuit of the theory of everything. While at a get together, Stephen meets his soon to be wife, Jane. But as they understand about their differences, the two continue to see each other. As the years go on, more trials and struggles fall upon the two in this moving drama centered on Jane Hawking's perspective of her real life marriage with Stephen Hawking.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Ideal Purchase

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      Mozely
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      The film aside, this is exactly what I want in a purchase. A movie that contains a DVD, a Blu-Ray, AND a Digital copy. I wish they were all like this. I have most of my movies on iTunes, which makes things super convenient, but the narcissist in me misses a bookshelf of movies I can brag about and the paranoid in me worries that something will happen with iTunes that will render my movies unwatchable or something. Oh, and the movie itself is good, too.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Outstanding lead performance - Good Movie

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      good2know
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      This movie is adapted from Stephen Hawking's ex-wife's book on her life with this extraordinary man and of course has her personal point of view so it will favor her and her sacrifices. That said, it is a good story of a wife who stands by her remarkable and brilliant husband through the difficulties of a devastating and "terminal" disease. For a man who was diagnosed to die at 23 he is still with us at 71, albeit in a body ravaged body. This is a MUST see and MUST buy movie!

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