The Theory of Everything follows Hawking’s relationship with his first wife and the onset of the disease that cripples him. The film starts out strong, opening with a young Hawking struggling to find a topic for his dissertation. However, as the film goes on a few problems arise. The biggest problem is that of doing a bio pic of someone still living. Just like Hawking’s real life the film goes and goes not quite finding the right place to end. While the conclusion is ultimately satisfactory it does feel prolonged. This is due to the simple fact that it can not end definitively.There is also a real disconnect between the first half of the film and the latter. This is obviously due to the progression of Hawking’s disease, but nevertheless the film does lose steam because of it.
This is not to mention the problem of having a main character who loses the ability to walk and speak well before the third act. This necessitates the shift in focus from Hawking to Jane, but her development is slow and at times boring. Hawking is where the real fun comes from, and his character is incredibly likable. Eddie Redmayne gives an amazing performance as Hawking, absolutely nailing his mannerisms and comforted appearance. His ability to give character to someone who can barely move is really well done and very moving. Felicity Jones also does a great job as Jane, but the spotlight is ultimately on Hawking. The introduction of the character of Jonathan is oddly handled as well. His motivations are unclear and his commitment is hard to understand, something I’m sure the book covers much better. Overall the Theory of Everything is a very solid film that is ultimately dragged down by the limitations of Hawking’s disease.
Final verdict: 3/5
Big Hero 6 is an interesting film. While it is super fun with a lot of energy and action and fun characters, it is also incredibly generic. The plot is seen through so early on that the only redeemable aspect of the film is the characters. Honestly I had a lot of fun in the theatre. I laughed repeatedly and went along for the ride. As fun as it was during the ride though I can’t forgive the plot. I really enjoyed watching Big Hero 6 but it is such a safe, formulaic movie that it just can’t really stand out. Not to mention that the most interesting part of the movie, the setting, is not even touched upon. How can you have a movie set in a half asian half western city called San Fransokyo and not delve into that? It did provide some great visuals, though. The art in this film is fantastic. If only it had a better story.
Final verdict: 2.5/5.
While the majority of this summer has consisted of me watching anime and working on the script for my own upcoming short film, Snuff, this past weekend I had the pleasure of working as a production assistant for a short film called Buried Beneath, a Get the Horns Production. We had three full days of production, 7am to midnight almost every day, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the finished product! Being on set, specifically working with the lighting department, was really rewarding. I learned a lot and I’m ready to find my next project.
Speaking of new projects, I’m going in for an interview tomorrow at 3pm for a production intern position on a new show set to air on Adult Swim. I don’t remember the title of the show (I think it had the words ‘blood’ and ‘bucket’ in it,) but they are shooting six episodes and I could be working with them for as much as a month if I get it. Now if only it were a paying job…
Last but not least, the script for my short film Snuff is almost complete. Well, by complete I mean the first draft is almost ready. I still have to send it to a few buddies of mine to have them come through it to see if they like it. The script came surprisingly easy to me. We really discussed a lot of ideas for it, and we have enough material here for a feature, and we might make a feature based on it one day, but for now we are sticking with a fifteen minute format. I really can’t wait to get it into production.