Faith & Film: The Theory of Everything
“The Theory of Everything” tells the story of the marriage between the brilliant British physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne), and his wife, Jane (Felicity Jones). Stephen became a world-famous figure. Even though he is disabled by ALS, he is known for his perseverance and great mind. He is only able to speak with the assistance of an electronic device.
“Theory of Everything” begins with Stephen as an undergraduate at Cambridge. He is an excellent student, but awkward and shy. Stephen meets Jane, and they begin to see one another. Over a period of time, Stephen begins to have serious physical symptoms, which impair his movement and walking. While in graduate school, Stephen is diagnosed with ALS and given a maximum of two years to live. He distances himself from Jane, thinking it would be unfair for her to stay with him after his grim diagnosis. However, Jane professes her love for Stephen, as well as her desire to stay with him for as long as he will live. If it’s only two years, so be it.