A WONDERFUL HISTORY OF the TIME what is it ?
– An about box : Stephen Hawking, his life, his exploits throughout the test to be the most difficult (a disease dégénérescente hardcore). The man wrote of the physical theories of revolutionary, as well as a book of popular science best-seller, while being in almost complete motor disability.
– The performance is inherent : the impressive Eddie Redmayne. And in the second role, is also impressive, Felicity Jones.
– A mise-en-scene : elegant, ambitions, aesthetic, music very illustrative (Johann Johansson)
despite its status as a supporter of big dramédie romantic,
despite his label of “True Story”,
despite his propensity for technique and performance “at the Oscars”…
A WONDERFUL HISTORY OF the TIME, is really successful.
The performance ofEddie Redmayne is obviously Oscar-Friendly. The actor interprets when even a man who, from a certain point, not able to express that with his eyes.
The thing, which is the mark of a great actor is to make you forget the performance. Very quickly, Redmayne gives a personality to be Hawking. Imitation or composition is not important… Cinematically, it works. A positive personality, and especially normal, who has his share of anxieties under the surface. Redmayne does never these feelings where apparent (helped it is true by the atrophy of Hawking). Impressive. The empathy for his character is real, because in addition to make it credible, it makes them vulnerable. It is in this way greatly helped by the mise-en-scene, and his partner on the screen, Felicity Jones.
Because before we speak about the incredible Felicity Jones, it should be noted that A WONDERFUL HISTORY OF the TIME is, more than a biopic, a very touching love story. The meeting… the epilogue, everything is believable, palpable, successful. To join another film of popular science to the aid of emotion (Interstellar), and if love was this constant one capable of linking Physical and unspeakable ? For Stephen and Jane, this will be the case. But also with a form of realism, a little cinégénique, finding an echo in the theories of Stephen Hawking : as the time, the love for a beginning, and therefore, must have an end. Both very intense. The film will be able to demonstrate in a pragmatic way in less than two hours.
Arriving after many years of romantic comedies, this is a real tour-de-force of reach to stand out from the competition, while using the same recipes. A WONDERFUL HISTORY OF the TIME is getting closer to the independent spirit of the romantic comedy big-budget, such as Benjamin Button or He Was a Time, recently. The love is present, but expressed otherwise than by a vulgar game of cat-and-mouse-infidelities-together. It is here, of devotion, of taken responsibilities, goals unattainable, trials especially physical. In this, the love story ofA WONDERFUL HISTORY OF TIME borrows more to the movies of super-hero type of Marvel , that the romantic comedy as usual. Jane and Stephen, yet distant on the intellectual level, are placed on an equal footing in terms of their willingness, which creates this unique connection that unites their characters. A huge strength for the film.
“a hostage-taking, emotional release, little by little his grip in favor of a family drama more than agreed but touching”
One comes to Felicity Jones, portraying Jane Hawking… The true heroine of the film. The actress behind the woman is impressive. Also, for simplicity realistic that she gives to her character, but also for the intelligence of its distributed – and therefore of the writing of the dialogues. They manage to define in a few words, a few scenes, the love that unites these two beings, of their connection to a level emotional as intellectual. Past these first few minutes, her desire will never be called into question, thereby constructing a female character with a strength rarely shown in the cinema… love is what motivates this woman to support her husband in every sense of the term. An example of pure feminism hidden inside a vision archaic of the woman. Beautiful.
The mise-en-scene it is not necessarily very original. We feel especially the influence of Fincher, in the precision of framing, in this fluidity, and this treatment made to the image. It is also believed to Soderbergh, for this extreme saturation as a reflection of the moods of the characters. But precisely the reverse of the first two, all of this has only one purpose in Marsh : the illustration of a love story, and the emotion that comes with it. Unlike Fincher, who showed the impact of time on love in a rather pessimistic and morbid in Benjamin Button, here the time is destructive of the body, but not feelings. These will evolve so that rational and pragmatic, but remain whole. We will not Soderbergh on the ground of the emotion, because his films are generally lacking.
Therefore, if the realization of James Marsh ‘s the perfect accompaniment to the story of this couple, it is above all by the pace.
Marsh, intelligently, dose its climax. Intensifies certain moments, in the dramatic (evolution of the disease / the discoveries of Hawking) as in the simplicity (meeting, decision-making). It allows the viewer to breathe in the best moments, and thus, does not fall in a pathos off-topic.
Finally, the last big plus ; the dialogues.
In the manner of a Christopher Nolan (yet) the theories of Hawking are offered, including what, therefore, incomprehensible to the non-physicist. Only, the writers managed to introduce, through a few very simple words – especially in discussions featuring the famous couple, an extension of very successful. In the end, this noise scientific is globally understandable. Not in detail, but by the interaction with the intimacy of the couple Hawking. Everything is connected and coherent.
You will have understood : A WONDERFUL HISTORY OF TIME is a clever connection between the direction of the actors, the chemistry of the couple central, a writing, fine, complex, and intelligent characters and dialogue as well as a excellent dosage of rhythm.
The technique at the service of emotion, a quality that we particularly appreciate in the cinema.
In these times of appointments/awards at prestigious ceremonies in the u.s., it is interesting to compare the competitors in between them. This gives an overview of the trends of american cinema, in terms of artistic recognition.
For example, A WONDERFUL HISTORY OF the TIME could easily be compared to The Imitation Game, by the performance of the main actor, and the story inspired by a character that has significantly left its mark on the world. The difference here resides in the accuracy and personality, both in the realization that in the game of actors.
The pace of the film, we also recalled the Whiplash from Damien Chazelle – for its intensity.
The music for the film, also nominated is according to us too orchestral and demonstrative, but participates fully in the emotion felt in front of the film.
These movies are all completely different, but show – if one refers to the Oscars – to a certain degree of attraction for the out-of-standard-consensual … which will be in the end, the real negative point of the film. A WONDERFUL HISTORY OF the TIME will not be this ufo coming to break the precepts established by this kind of arts awards, as recently there came The Artist, bomb disposal, or Infiltrators.