Life Stories

The Theory of Everything

I went to see this film on New Years Day, if you’re a regular reader you may know this already because it made it as my ‘Happy Day moment’, part of my #100HappyDays challenge.

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The 1st January just so happened to be the films first day of release too. This might have been the reason why it was a packed cinema, but I would like to think that there will be many more cinemas packed full of people because it really was a remarkable film.

I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’m not a scientist in any way, shape or form. Heck, I have two arts degrees! When I was a student my eldest sister had one of Stephen Hawking’s books. I borrowed it but didn’t get past the first chapter!
The trailer had intrigued me. The human element of the story shone through and

hearing that when diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease *Stephen was given just 2 years to live, and he’s still going, I really wanted to find out more.

Here’s the synopsis…

The Theory of Everything is the story of the most brilliant and celebrated physicist of our time, Stephen Hawking, and Jane Wilde the arts student he fell in love with whilst studying at Cambridge in the 1960s. 

Little was expected from Stephen Hawking, a bright but shiftless student of cosmology, given just two years to live following the diagnosis of a fatal illness at 21 years of age. He became galvanized, however, by the love of fellow Cambridge student, Jane Wilde, and he went on to be called the successor to Einstein, as well as a husband and father to their three children. Over the course of their marriage as Stephen’s body collapsed and his academic renown soared, fault lines were exposed that tested the lineaments of their relationship and dramatically altered the course of both of their lives.

Sounds good, huh? Seriously, go see it!

Seeing the film has made me want to read the book on which it was based. The book, Travelling to Infinity : My life with Stephen, was written by Jane. She said in an interview that although she was overall pleased with the films depiction of their lives, understandably, not everything was quite as true to life and it doesn’t show everything.

“…it is a great privilege to have a feature film made about us in our lifetimes, and I comfort myself with the thought that if people are interested to know more, they can read Travelling to Infinity.”

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* As we were leaving the cinema there were two lovely ladies with collection buckets for the MND association. It really is worth remembering that there are many people suffering from MND. This is not a fictitious illness created for a movie. For many people its their life. Your pocket change can make a difference. Please consider donating the same amount you paid for your cinema ticket or whatever you can afford.

There is one part of the film that really struck me. When the doctor was explaining the progression of MND Stephen asked about the brain. The doctor explained that the brain remains unaffected. He would still have his thoughts. He just wouldn’t be able to share them with anyone. I thought this was such a powerful and heartbreaking truth.

For more information about the association, how to donate or get/give support, visit their website.

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