The iconic theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking embodies both – the inspiring limitlessness of the human mind and the heart-breaking fragility of the human body. Hawking is imprisoned in a wheel chair. He speaks through a voice machine. When he was diagnosed with motor neuron disease at the age of 21, he was given two years to live. For over 50 years, he has defied that death sentence. His is a remarkable life. Which has translated, intriguingly, into a not-exactly-remarkable film. James Marsh‘s The Theory of Everything is both soaring and schmaltzy. The impossible love story between the slowly disintegrating Stephen and his determined wife Jane, made me cry. But it also felt sanitized and in places, superficial. There is great drama here but also a few false notes. But what doesn’t falter even an inch is Eddie Redmayne‘s remarkable performance as Stephen. He transforms completely but he also makes Stephen’s tragedy and triumph heartfelt. So we aren’t admiring the artifice of the transformation from afar. We are immersed in his struggle.