“I have loved you. I did my best.”
Marsh’s finest piece The Theory of Everything 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 who sacrificed everything normal just to be with the polymath.
The life of Hawking is in itself a melodramatic narrative which doesn’t need any more filler to spice things up. It already reeks of mishap and tragedy. What is worth noticing is the fact that despite all the adversity that dangled around his life, it was still pulled off and buffed up brilliantly by Jane, without whom the master couldn’t have made it.
I place this biopic’s direction above Morten Tyldum’s work just for the fact that theories that people don’t comprehend have been expounded brilliantly at different points of time in terms of simple examples one would understand, which was, in fact, missing in The Imitation Game. Marsh endeavors to make things relate to us by explaining Hawking’s discoveries. Even whilst he does that he makes sure he doesn’t miss out from the drama that the movie so 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.
The story is also a beautiful reflection of mind’s conundrum. It shows how at one point love dies and no matter what you do, and no matter how close you were at one point, it always meets the same 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.
Hawking is an 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 never stop a brain from dying.
Definitely worth our time!