First of all, the Theory of Everything is good. Eddie Redmayne, who brings Stephen Hawking to life, has done a marvelous job. He was so good, in fact, that in his email to director James Marsh, Stephen Hawking said that at one point, he thought he was watching himself.
However, despite the fact the general understanding of this film is that it is a biographical account of Stephen Hawking’s life, the reality is that it is a look at his relationship with his wife Jane Hawking from her point of view. Basically, it is a movie that looks at the non-mathematical aspects of a scientist’s life using another perspective. Taking that into account as the audience will yield a much more fulfilling and meaningful understanding of the film.