If “A Beautiful Mind” met with “My Left Foot” and produced a perfectly ordinary biopic/romance, that would be “The Theory of Everything.”
This is a well-made, well-acted but unexceptional film about one of the most exceptional figures of the last half-century.
In the opening segment of “The Theory of Everything,” the young Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and his best mate are bicycling recklessly through Cambridge, laughing the laugh of the unbridled. If the scene isn’t cliched enough, the chip-chip-cheerio music hammers it home. You see? The great Stephen Hawking wasn’t always a bent figure in a wheelchair, communicating through a speech-generating device.