365 Movies By Day Reviews of Movies I Watch that I Feel Like Writing About

20Nov/140

The Theory of Everything (2014)

The best part of James Marsh's (Man on a Wire, Shadow Dancer) Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything is the wonderful performances of Eddie Redmayne (My Week With Marilyn, Les Miserables) and Felicity Jones (The Invisible Woman, Like Crazy). Both performers have been on the scene for quite some time, but this is the movie that is definitely going to open some doors for years to come. Redmayne is a shoo-in for Best Actor and, based on what I've seen so far, he's the leader to win. I do believe that his lead will be short-lived though. I plan on seeing Foxcatcher this weekend and it is my belief that Steve Carell is going to give the performance of his career and be the clear cut favorite heading into awards season. However, I don't think I've been more disappointed in any other year than I have been with the movies of 2014. I feel as if nothing, thus far, has exceeded expectations and that only a few films (Nightcrawler, Kill the Messenger) have even met expectations. There have been a couple of movies (most notably The Lunchbox and The Drop) that had little fanfare surrounding them beforehand and ended up being pleasant surprises. But for the most part, 2014 has been a massive letdown. This year still has potential, but with each passing week and with each average movie, that hope is slowly, but surely dwindling. So it might seem like I wasn't overly impressed or was even disappointed with The Theory of Everything. However, that's not necessarily true. It was a good movie and one that I recommend seeing.