Release Date: Nov 4, 2014
Record label: Back Lot Music
Genre(s): Soundtracks, Stage & Screen, Original Score
Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson's elegant score for the 2014 Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything relies heavily on stirring, lightly minimalist elements and a simple four-note ostinato that is developed and deconstructed at various points throughout the soundtrack. The film, directed by James Marsh, follows Hawking from his days as a healthy and promising young Oxford undergrad to the disabled theoretical physics genius who was forced to communicate through a computer. It's an inspirational tale of overcoming physical adversity through determination and fierce intellect, and Jóhannsson reflects this internal universe with a smart and largely uplifting orchestral score.
Directed by James Marsh, written by Anthony McCarten and based upon a memoir by Jane Hawking, The Theory of Everything is a film about how physics superstar Stephen Hawking met his first wife while studying at Cambridge back in the 1960s. The soundtrack of a love story with an academic backdrop comes with a few expectations. First of all, this is Cambridge we’re talking about.