MOVIE REVIEW: “The Theory of Everything” & “How to Train Your Dragon 2” on DVD
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.