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THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

Stephen Hawking’s life story involves more drama than one film might be expected to contain. By the time his genius was popularly celebrated with the publication of the modern classic A Brief History of Time in 1988, in which he sought to help non-scientists understand fundamental questions of physics and our existence, Hawking had been coping with the debilitating illness ALS, a form of Motor Neurone Disease, for 25 years.

Adapting the memoir written by Hawking’s ex-wife Jane Wilde Hawking, Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, Oscar winning filmmaker James Marsh (Man on Wire, Shadow Dancer) presents a handsome, deeply moving biopic with an endearing love affair at its centre. It’s an effective approach to the Hawkings’ story and the two lead actors are superb. Felicity Jones gives a tender, sympathetic performance as Jane, while Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Stephen is as brilliant as it is uncanny. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

★★★★ The Irish Times ★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★Entertainment.ie ★★★★ Movies.ie ★★★★ RTÉ Ten

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