New in theaters this week is “The Theory of Everything” starring Eddie Redmayne as famed Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. It begins in the early 1960’s when he meets his future wife Jane & receives a devastating ALS diagnoses.
We follow the Hawkings through their marriage and his distinguished career but there are a few things that will frustrate fans of the man himself.
First, there is little mention of his theories so we rarely get to see Hawking explain them firsthand. Secondly, this book is based on Jane Hawking’s memoir so their relationship is viewed through rose-colored lenses. There are allusions to some guilt-drenched infidelity but mostly just doting love.
What makes this movie REMARKABLE though is Eddie Redmayne’s seamless performance as Stephen Hawking. He’s getting some well-deserved Oscar Buzz and he’s the main reason I’m giving “The Theory of Everything” a B+. Redmayne’s performance is much like Stephen Hawking himself: it’s challenging, charismatic and at times, even surprisingly sexy.
New on DVD this week is “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”
This was one of my favorite films of the summer and honestly, I feel it was a little underrated. If you missed seeing this one with your kids fix that now but it’s certainly good enough for grown-ups too. I gave “How to Train Your Dragon 2” an A when it came out so I highly recommend it and the box of Kleenex you’ll need to keep in your lap while you’re watching it.
It’s a busy weekend in theaters so let’s start with “Interstellar,” starring Matthew McConaughey as a futuristic astronaut.
Famine and drought have killed off most of society when a probe is sent to find new home for humanity. The crew of this mission says goodbye to everyone they love & leave without any idea when or IF they’ll ever return.
There are some beautiful ideas in this movie about the persistence of life and the scientific qualities of love. However, this is also a film from Director Christopher Nolan, who was apparently never taught that less is more. So along with an intriguing story about wormholes and the relativity of space and time we get government conspiracies & wisecracking robots.
I’m giving “Interstellar” a B- because it’s not a BAD movie but with a little restraint, Christopher Nolan could have made an extraordinary movie.
Also out this week is the latest from Disney Animation Studios “Big Hero 6.” A young genius has to stop a villain with the help of a bouncy robot named Baymax.
This is from the makers of “Frozen” and “Wreck-it Ralph” & I’m happy to report that it has the same level of quality and heart. This film is almost perfect in every aspect. It’s visually stunning, the characters endearing and as emotional as it gets at times it’s also laugh out loud funny.
I have a few minor gripes about the villain being a lame but I’m still giving “Big Hero 6” an A. Definitely see it with your kids and if you don’t have any kids, well then just borrow some from a friend.
At the movies I’m Julie Fisk for News Radio 1080 KRLD.