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The Theory of Everything Review (2014) | Homage to Jane and Stephen Hawking

The Theory of Everything is hands down James Marsh’s finest. It is a biopic of the living (something producers rarely pick) miracle, Stephen Hawking. The life of the prodigy is smitten with misfortunes, wonders, eurekas, not to forget the love of his life Jane Hawking who sacrificed everything normal just to be with the polymath.

Plot of The Theory of Everything

The life of Stephen Hawking is in itself a melodramatic narrative which doesn’t need any more filler to spice things up. It already reeks of mishaps and tragedies. What is worth noticing is the fact that despite all the adversities that dangled around in his life, that could have ended up becoming a documentary per se, Jane still had plenty to do in it. Nay, she was one of the primal forces! It was pulled off and buffed up brilliantly by Jane, without whom the master couldn’t have possibly ever made it.

still of Jane Hawking and Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything

So, The Theory of Everything movie packs in a story that scales the lives of both of them. It pays equal importance to its deuteragonist, and lets you have a good look into things that constituted their living.

Direction of the movie

One of the reasons The Theory of Everything movie stays highly revered in my head is because James Marsh tries his level best to present theories in the easiest way possible. Complex structures that general multitude wouldn’t get have been expounded brilliantly at different points of time. He presents simple examples to make us understand. He also endeavors to make things relate to us by explaining Hawking’s magnificent discoveries. Even whilst he diligently does that he makes sure not to miss out the fundament – the alluring drama that the flick gorgeously carries.

Marsh captures every aspect, every crossroad and setback that Hawking faced in his life with perfection. People tend to remember only the renowned. But what Marsh did by manifesting the parallel life of Jane Hawking, the mental agony she had to go through, the dilemma of not leading a normal life, the vexation of all the work she did, the hope that lit up her dead verve, the broken chance to escape from everything, and the jilted emptiness are far more beautiful and worth commending than the what Stephen clouded.

I have loved you. I did my best.

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The Final Verdict

The story is also a beautiful reflection of a human mind’s conundrum. It shows how at one point love dies and no matter what you do, and no matter how close you were, it always meets the same agonizing fate. Comes a time when there is no other option but to let go. Sometimes for the sake of the happiness of your other half.

Stephen Hawking is a living epitome of hope. It just goes on to show us how a will to fight, a reason to live and the gusto to learn could stop a brain from dying. A movie that should not be missed for the world.

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The Imitation Game Review (2014) | Benedict Cumberbatch is ‘The’ Prodigy

The Imitation Game is a beautiful glimpse into the head of the prodigy Alan Turing. Who plays that? None other than the handsome and captivating Benedict Cumberbatch himself.

 “Are you paying attention? Good. If you are not listening carefully, you will miss things. Important things. I will not pause, I will not repeat myself, and you will not interrupt me. You think that because you’re sitting where you are, and I am sitting where I am, that you are in control of what is about to happen. You’re mistaken. I am in control, because I know things that you do not know.”

The flick takes birth with the aforementioned enthralling screenplay that smells of confidence dripping off Benedict Cumberbatch’s brainiac-avatar. We like to listen to him that way. His bold voice that reeks of the Smaug fury. That voice of Khan that reminds us of his sharp demeanor that he so beautifully donned and carried throughout the movie Star Trek Into Darkness. He literally thrives on screenplay. Don’t you just wish sometimes screenwriters had more badass words to feed him?

Plot of The Imitation Game (Spoilers)

Enigma is impossible to crack. So the world told him. Alan Turing, the prodigy who defied a relentless encrypting machine, was the person responsible for reducing the devastating span of war that engulfed Europe by two years. The Father of Artificial Intelligence played God to minimize casualties and nobody had a clue. The biopic is a tribute to Turing which eases through 114 minutes of brilliance manifesting his love life, his genius, his eureka and his sorry demise.

Cumberbatch as the polymath works extremely hard to project a guy who is different from the rest. He imparts him an apt stammer with a clumsier gravity. Alexandre Desplat weaves magic in the background with his brilliant notes.

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I loved how Keira Knightley‘s character Joan Clarke tries to reason with Turing when he tries to break up with her.

“We will have each other’s minds. Sounds like a better marriage than most.

still of benedict cumberbatch and keira knightley in the imitation game

Downsides to The Imitation Game

Morten Tyldum’s direction is good but there are times when you feel it could have gone better. Since, directors believe viewers to be laymen, most of them don’t venture into the technical aspect of a prodigy. A little bit fathomable technical is a welcome inclusion and if a director makes you understand the what and the how of the work entailed, big things like cracking a code should give you an equal and exact amount of thrill as its protagonist projects. Precisely what the flick missed.

Turing is a war hero often unsung and overlooked. What he gave the world is truly precious. Somehow something tells me, this guy’s life deserves a series to portray minute crucial details. Now that is something that couldn’t be possibly condensed into a movie. The grandeur of what he was doing and what he did is beyond time. A flick like this doesn’t do justice to his remarkable life.

The Final Verdict

The Imitation Game rivets you with Alan’s ingenious almost instantly. Desplat’s notes make sure that you don’t get a jaded moment at all. Whilst Cumberbatch ensures you witness a prodigy. Matthew Goode, Keira Knightley, Charles Dance and Mark Strong fill the screen aptly with their effective and memorable presence. Overall the movie turns out brilliant.

A great biopic to watch! Highly recommended.

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