The Theory of Everything – My Review

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So today, after waiting 10 days since premiering in the UK on the 1st January, I (along with a fully booked screening) found out about the legendary Stephen Hawking’s early years through the BAFTA nominated, critically acclaimed wonder that is The Theory of Everything.

I must say, if you haven’t heard of this film yet… where the heck have you been?!?! I saw the first official trailer back in August and it gave me goosebumps. Not only was I drawn to this film because of lead actor, Eddie Redmayne (who played Marius in Les Miserables – one of my all time favourite musicals), but I soon realised that I didn’t really know that much about Professor Hawking aside from him being one of the greatest minds on the planet… and of course his brief (but pure gold) cameo’s on The Big Bang Theory.

If I was asked to sum up this film in one word, it would actually be impossible to do so. It is quite simply phenomenal and one of the greatest films I’ve seen in a very long time (and I’m quite lucky in that I get to attend press screenings on a fairly regular basis). Based on his loving ex-wife’s memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, this film allows its audience to get a genuine, no holds barred insight into the struggles this inspirational couple have gone through. I don’t want to give away any spoilers but these two are the definition of true fighters!

It was recently revealed that The Theory of Everything has been nominated for TEN BAFTAs, and rightly so! Both Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones’ performance in portraying this incredible story is absolutely outstanding, and in my mind, if they don’t bag the BAFTAs they so clearly deserve then the judges obviously haven’t seen the film for themselves!

I was advised by a friend, who’d seen it a few days ago, to be armed with tissues. But, surprisingly even to myself, I have to admit I only found myself glassy eyed and choked up a handful of times. I believe that a tear did not actually fall because with the majority of the sad parts, some light and unexpected humour were short to follow. He proved that even in the darkest of times, he could find something for people to smile about.

When I’d seen the trailer all those months ago, I knew it would be the biggest film of 2015. But having seen (and thoroughly enjoyed) Into the Woods back in December, I thought I may have been too presumptuous. Until today. This film will go down in history as one of the greatest, true life stories ever to be made and I’m so pleased to have seen it.

Be sure to catch it in cinemas as soon as possible… you can’t miss out on watching such an epic on the big screen!

A brand new you, effective tomorrow!

#365: Tomorrow is the first day of a brand new year. Tomorrow you get to become anyone in the world that you wish. Who are you? If you decide to stay “you” share your rationale.

I’d still be me – just a healthier, non-ill version! I look forward to the simple things, like eating normal food once again and more than anything, I’ve just realised I’m really looking forward to deciding what I’ll do with my blog for 2015! So far, I’m thinking one of the following:
– taking up a photography challenge;
– writing about the events and opportunities my career takes me to;
– turning it into a bucket list blog;
– writing regular reviews on my favourite things (films, games, restaurants etc).

It would be great to hear from my fellow bloggers on their thoughts or any other ideas.

Thanks to everyone in the blogging community for welcoming me into this incredible world and showing me such overwhelming support – you’ve made 2014 fabulous!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Tattoo…you?

#334: Do you have a tattoo? If so, what’s the story behind your ink? If you don’t have a tattoo, what might you consider getting emblazoned on you skin?

I’ve always been in two minds about tattoos – I’d like to get one as the right designs can look really nice but on the other hand, not only do I face the dilemma of where it would go but ultimately will I regret it later when I’m old and wrinkly?!

That said, I was close to getting one last year after my Great Nan passed away. She’d been the head of the family for my entire life and at the amazingly grand age of 104, she was still an incredibly tough cookie who refused to give up her independence. Putting it simply, she was an inspiration to all of us who has very much been missed each and every day. In remembrance and as my own way of honouring her, I was looking to get a small ivy based design since her name was Ivy. One of the reasons I didn’t go through with it however, was because I couldn’t decide where to place it – I wanted to be able to see it, so that took my back out of the equation; I didn’t want to get it somewhere that would be affected by growth/child birth, which then excluded my middle; and then I also felt I couldn’t have it on any part of my wrist/arms as it may look unprofessional… this all just gave me a headache!

Perspective

#323: Think about something that drives you crazy. Now, think about something that makes you happy. Does it change your perspective on the former?

Perspective is such an interesting thing. It’s something that people tend to lose quite often… I mean, it can’t just be me though, right?! I find that it’s so easily lost, especially when you see things as going wrong, one after the other. That said, there always seems to be a much needed reality check moment, that allows you to put everything back into perspective. Now, whether these moments appear at those times by pure coincidence or whether it’s down to the fact that you’re more susceptible (or vulnerable) to such thought provoking imagery, sayings or stories, having taken an affect on how you feel, I guess it’s something we’ll never know!

What I do know, is that I have gone on a slight tangent with this prompt, but it’s still related to the title.

Write about evil

#318: Write about evil: how you understand it (or don’t), what you think it means, or a way it’s manifested, either in the world at large or in your life.

Oh dear… Another deadline missed! I really should stop going on nights out and getting back (technically) the next day! At least, as of next week, I’ll be getting my lunch breaks back so will be able to complete my prompts on the correct days!

Anyway, back to business…

I’d like to say that I understand evil but I really don’t think I do. One thing I do believe in however, is that people are not born wicked, but they have wickedness thrust upon them (referencing the great green witch, Elphaba).

Seven wonders

#301: Khalil Gibran once said that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words. What would your seven words be?

Hmmm… that’s a tricky one since the world is made up of so many wonderful words – superfluous for one, just because of the way it sounds! The first two that sprung to mind however, were ‘please’ and ‘thank-you’ (hyphenated so it only counts as one word mwaha!), as in my opinion, portions of the world could do with using manners more often. Then, in no particular order, I would want to keep the following words: family, love, passion, career and happiness. The only other word I’d want to keep is music as there is no possible way that I could live without it, but then I thought it would be quite redundant considering the volcabulary had been dramatically shortened.

Toy story

#255: What was your favourite plaything as a child? Do you see any connection between your life now, and your favourite childhood toy?

Sadly to admit, I don’t remember having a favourite plaything. I remember as a really tiny toddler not being able to go anywhere without my fluffy toy lamb (which then got renamed ‘flat lamb’ as I used to cuddle it so much that, you’ve guessed it, it went as flat as a pancake!), but that was about it. I’m sure my mum would know if I had a favourite plaything growing up though.

And yes, to answer your burning question, I do still have my beloved flat lamb!

Impossible

#77: “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – the White Queen, Alice in Wonderland. What are the six impossible things you believe in? (If you can only manage one or two, that’s also okay.)

If I understand this prompt correctly, my impossible things that I believe in are:

1) The passengers and crew from the Malaysian flight MH 370, are actually safe but stranded on an unknown island somewhere and will soon be found and rescued.

2) 3,000 or so years ago, Ancient Egyptians built the Pyramids, yet to this present day with our smart phone technology and incredible advances in the use of robotics in the medical industry, we still have no idea how they did it! But I believe we will uncover their methods within my lifetime.

3) I believe in Karma and that good things do happen to good people.

4) I believe that there is some sort of afterlife, where you are reunited with relatives that had already passed away before yourself.

5) I believe that people that have passed away have the ability to send the people still here signs. For example, shortly after my Great Nan passed away in autumn last year, both my house and my Nan & Grandad’s house were visited by a red admiral butterfly, on the same day. I saw this as a sign since 1) it was autumn so butterflies in general shouldn’t have been around, 2) my house is more countryside yet my N&G’s is in London, so they never see any anyway, and 3) it was the same day we were heading out to get everything needed for her funeral. Coincidence… I think not!

6) tbc

Nightmares

#50: Describe the last nightmare you remember having. What do you think it meant?

The most recent ones were during The Outdoor Show, although I’m not too sure if they count as a nightmare as they were more weird dreams than anything. So, Nick (Spellman, AnimalMan) knows that I don’t like the tarantulas… but do you remember as a kid cupping your hands together and pretending you had a creepy crawly housed between them? Come on… everyone’s done it! Well, this is sort of what Nick did in my dream, except he DID have the tarantula and I then whacked it out of his hands in fright, sending it flying! My dream then cut to him getting a baby alligator out of a carry case… which he clearly doesn’t have! The next night, the dream was about his burmese python locking it’s jaws around my thigh and refusing to let go – which when I screamed at Nick to get it off, he casually replied ‘sorry, there’s nothing much I can do now that it’s got you!’. I think these dreams were just me worrying about how Nick’s shows would go at the show since I had organised and managed the entire thing.

I guess if we’re talking about scary nightmares, the one that sticks out it my mind (which of course, is keeping with my theme of being completely unrealistic) was when my brother and I were on our way home in the light of day. We turned the corner to see a fully grown male lion at the other end of the road. Before we’d started running, it had spotted us and began leaping in our direction. The most stressful part was the fact that in this dream, my brother couldn’t keep up with me and the lion was gradually closing in. We scrambled up a tree but it was too late. The lion had already grabbed my brother and that is when I woke up in fright. On reflection, I know where the lion came from. I’d been managing and editing Big Cats Alive (the fourth topic from NG Kids Alive), so had been watching tonnes of footage showing lions hunting and killing their prey. When I told my brother about this dream, he casually said ‘don’t worry about me. I wouldn’t need to outrun the lion, I’d just need to outrun you!’. Thanks very much. Stripping it right back to basics though, I think my nightmare stems from my fear of losing my brother and not being able to do anything about it (which I’m hoping is a situation I’d never have to face!).

All about you

#43: Explain why you chose your blog’s title and what it means to you.

The name of my blog, chloemayward, is self explanatory. Actually, so is my tagline – it’s all hodgepodge! (and the fact that hodgepodge is such a cool word!). Although since I began the 365 Days of Writing Prompts challenge from WordPress, it has made me realise that a hodgepodge blog is so much fun! I knew that I wanted to start a blog but I had no idea where to start or what topic to focus on, so this challenge has been absolutely ideal – and quite frankly it’s been a real confidence boost to see that other bloggers are reading and liking what I’ve written 😀

The reason behind my chosen theme, Forever, is that I not only love the sophisticated, simple layout but I want blogging to become a regular part of my life, for the rest of my life. I’m not one of those individuals that go through phases or start things on a whim – I’ve made the decision to publish my writing on a daily basis, classing it as a necessity!