The Hand and Eye Behind "The Theory of Everything"

The Theory of Everything–the long-awaited biopic about physicist Stephen Hawking, opening this Friday–is admirable for the things that it does not do. There are no scenes in which glowing equations hover around Hawking’s head. There are no swirling camera angles intended to convey a genius’s convulsive thought process. There are no floating grids attempting to depict space and time, and not a single CGI black hole to be seen. Simply by negating those cliches, the movie is a revelation.

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