[Originally published this on my Readwave page.]
The Theory of Everything is the purest thing I have ever seen. No exceptions. Stephen Hawking is widely known to be the greatest mind of his age, but before the release of this hidden tale; we weren’t to know about Jane.
Mrs Hawking, as she later became, is the strongest soul I have ever encountered in a story. And she’s real. She hurts and she cries. She loves another and cares for Stephen regardless. She is loyal and never spiteful.
Any woman would have stopped at the sound of “motor neuron disease”, but not Jane. She is far too stubborn to quit on the love of her life. The father of her children. The god-ignoring genius she had respected and admired from the get-go.
The Theory of Everything shows us two things:
1. Stephen Hawking is pure brilliance.
2. Jane Hawking is the most selfless human, ever.
She gave up her twenties, her passions – and possibly even her sanity – to care for her husband. I have no doubt she truly loved him, always has. You can see it in her eyes (I, of course am referencing an actress – but even an actor has to draw from the truth.)
When Jane Hawking wrote the book [Travelling to Infinity: The True Story Behind the Theory of Everything], she had no idea what she would be doing to a world of readers. We are all curious about the famous Brit with the American robot computer speaking his beautiful science, but little did we know: he was part of a love story.
Now, I’m sure there must be a few embellishments – as every love story must have – but there is only so much love you can fake. And she doesn’t fake a single day.
I’ve seen the film twice now, and there is one thing I can confess for sure. I’ve cried both times. Never, ever, have I felt so immersed into a film as I have with The Theory of Everything. Seeing a bio-pic of a man we have all, always, admired; played by an award-winning actor (and my own personal crush): it’s awe-inspiring.
Go see it. Now. Before your time runs out.