I haven’t reviewed a movie since I started this blog and funny enough, one of them was The Theory of Everything, another disabled man-meets-perfect-soulmate romance (with a few more things found here.)
Let me start off by saying Sam Claflin played Finnick in The Hunger Games movies. There, got that off my chest. Some people don’t realize this. I’m all about movie trivia. So, if you thought he was sexy while trying to escape murderous monkeys and flesh-eating fog, he’s even sexier when he plays a quadriplegic. My husband just shakes his head at me.
I was totally going to go buy this book and read it before I saw the movie but let’s be honest, I have way too many books on my to-read list and I really wanted to see this tear-jerker movie. I forced my husband to not stare at me while I bawled my eyes out. I tend to not cry when he’s staring at me and smirking because he thinks I’m cute but I’d rather just cry as hard as I want to get completely involved in the lives of the characters who are obviously not real people. That’s what writers and readers do, right?
Without giving too much away, here’s a brief synopsis: woman needs job-gets job that no one else can stand taking care of an angry quadriplegic-said quad refuses to try to live in his new body because he misses his old life too much-girl befriends man-girl tries to help man find joy in life-girl and man fall in love–and
needle runs off the record–he commits assisted suicide ANYWAY! Why do good romance movies always end this way? Why does the man HAVE to die? I mean, couldn’t he just have decided that Clarke could make him happy and give him a new life? I understand him being stubborn about the whole thing, I’m pretty stubborn myself. But COME ON. The audience would have left the theater a whole lot happier. We all would have gone home with a nice warm fuzzy feeling instead of cold, dead-inside, mascara-running faces. This is why I need to read the book because there MUST be a reason this character had to die. The movie simply couldn’t explain everything in the book or it would be 8 hours long. I need to read the book to see if I’m happier with the outcome.
Has anyone actually read the book? Is it any different or am I doomed?
I give this movie a 4.5/5 only because of the ending.