The highly-anticipated biopic opens in select theatres this weekend, bringing to screen the remarkable life of one of the world's most brilliant thinkers. The film begins with Hawking as a charming young cosmologist at Cambridge, and follows his budding romance with literature student—and future wife—Jane (played by Felicity Jones).
As fate would have it, the pair learns of Hawking's diagnosis of ALS and grapples with the prognosis that he'll only have two years to live. As the film continues, so does the disease's devastating impact on Hawking's body.
And Redmayne's performance makes him a shoo-in for the Academy Awards.
The movie is "a perfect monster for the Oscars," says CBC's film critic Eli Glasner. "It's a character we know, an inspiring performance, and physical transformation."
The Theory of Everything is now playing in Toronto and opens in more Canadian cities later this month.
Watch Eli's full review in the video above.