“However bad life may seem, while there is life, there is hope.”
Stephen Hawking’s life is being turned into a romance story? Why would I want to see that?
Most of you probably know Stephen Hawking as the wheel-chaired physicist. Heir to cosmologist Carl Sagan. Author of best seller, A Brief History of Time. He is one of my heroes not only because he’s transcended boundaries often fenced between the layman and the scientist, but because he didn’t give up on life when life had seemingly given up on him. At the age of 21, he was told he had 2 years left to live. What would you do after such a diagnosis? Hawking studied. Harder than he’s ever studied before.
Who goes under the radar, however, is Jane Wilde, Hawking’s first wife who married the man who she loved in spite of his life expectancy. She is also another one of my heroes because she gave a dying man a chance. And the fact that the two of them can share the big screen in The Theory of Everything excites me. Perhaps I am geeking out, but everybody should go out and give this movie a chance. Director James Marsh has already won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2008 for Man on Wire. Eddie Redmayne has got Stephen Hawking down even on the level of his slouch in his chair. Felicity Jones, who already made an impression on me from her limited role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, seems primed for a break-out role. The soundtrack by Johann Johannsson sounds absolutely fabulous. Costume design feels honest and fitting. There are some cool shots in the trailer playing with different filters and exposure times. You heard it right here: I think The Theory of Everything will WIN Academy Award’s 2014 Best Picture.
There is some precedence for this prediction. The Theory of Everything reminds me of A Beautiful Mind, which won the award back in 2001. A Beautiful Mind came as a surprise, though, since I never heard about John Nash nor Nash equilibrium. The important thing is that you didn’t need to have an interest in economics to love the movie. It was about something more grand and universal; something everyone could relate to. Stephen Hawking’s story is no different.
I guess why I’m so passionate about bringing people into the movie theaters for this movie gets even more personal with the whole ice-bucket challenge. Everyone says you need to donate to ALS Association if you don’t complete the ice-bucket challenge within 24 hours and how it has no cure and how it affects 5,000 Americans per year, but do you know what ALS is? What it stands for? It stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and patients diagnosed are often given 2-5 more years to live. Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis when he was 21.
If you had the time to use your 500 dollar smart phone to film yourself getting soaked by a bucket of ice-cold water, then I think you have the time to spend $10 and check out The Theory of Everything hitting American movie theaters on November 7th. Not only do I think it won’t disappoint, I think everyone owes it to themselves to get to know more about ALS through possibly the most tragic, and triumphant, stories I can think of. There will be detractors, as there were for A Beautiful Mind, who will cry foul at left-out divorces and voiding other hardships, but capturing the love between Hawking and Wilde in movie format makes absolute sense to me. Stephen Hawking’s life is being turned into a romance story? Why wouldn’t I want to see that?