As far as films go, most of my friends know I haven't really seen that many. I'm the kid who always replies "um, no" when asked if I've seen the latest release (or just lies and ends up in a spiral of despair when asked details about the film in question.) However, I've actually seen quite a few recently. In December I saw The Imitation Game, which was incredible and at the time in the running for the prestigious 'Elly's new favourite film award.' This weekend however, I saw The Theory of Everything. I'm not even quite sure where to begin when talking about this film, and I apologise if my grammar isn't perfect because I'm still slightly emotionally shaken up from watching it. In the best possible way.
If you haven't heard of this film, it's the true life story of world renowned English theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. The film follows his time at Cambridge and his subsequent career in physics, his relationship with his wife, and his battle with motor neurone disease. I was hooked (by hooked, I mean I forgot to open my food for the first 3/4 of the film) from the outset. The story is incredibly inspiring and very emotional. I must have cried about three times during the film, and then pretty much all the way home! I've never reacted so strongly to a film before. I can't quite describe the way it made me feel, but it has honestly changed my perspective on a lot of things. It's a wonderfully romantic yet real portrayal of an incredibly hard and very human situation, and it's been pulled off in the most tasteful way. There's been criticism that the film isn't completely true to Jane's memoirs, but regardless of this, if we view the film as a film in it's own right, it works perfectly.
Hawking is played by Eddie Redmayne, an actor who I've only seen in a few films before. I'd always regarded him as 'pretty alright' (and a strong 9), but his performance in this movie was absolutely incredible. He was so convincing throughout, and handled this most challenging of roles astouningly well. I'm so pleased that he was named best actor at the Golden Globes this weekend I'd never heard of Felicity Jones (who plays Jane Hawking) before as I'm not the biggest film "buff" (why is that even a term?), but she also gave a brilliant performance (and is also the dream.) The two are utterly convincing and work so well together that you forget you're watching a film almost entirely.
As for the aesthetics, the film is beautiful. The costumes (always an important factor for me) are amazing. As it's set from the 1960s onwards there are a lot of turtlenecks, pretty dresses and men wearing decent outfits (boys at York, please take note.). I won't spoil anything for you but there are some absolutely aesthetically stunning scenes and I just loved the overall look of the picture.
If I'm honest, words just cannot do this film justice and so I highly recommend that you go out and see it as soon as you can. You will come out seeing the world in a whole new light. It's a really moving story of love, inner strength and responsibility which will stay with you for a long time.
"While there's life, there's hope."
P.S The last few months have been great for film releases, and so I thought it would be a nice addition to my blog if I shared with you my opinions on some of the films I've seen recently. In fact, I'm thinking of starting to blog about more of the general things that I'm into rather than just limiting it to fashion and lifestyle, because I'd really like to explore other areas of blogging too. This blog is meant to be about having a chat with you guys as friends and I think it would be nice to expand my "niche". Let me know if you think this is a good idea!
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