A Beautiful Mind
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Winner of 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, A Beautiful Mind is directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard and produced by long-time partner and collaborator, Academy Award winner Brian Grazer. A Beautiful Mind stars Russell Crowe in an astonishing performance as brilliant mathematician John Nash, on the brink of international acclaim when he becomes entangled in a mysterious conspiracy. Now only his devoted wife (Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly) can help him in this powerful story of courage, passion and triumph.
A Beautiful Mind manages to twist enough pathos out of John Nash's incredible life story to redeem an at-times goofy portrayal of schizophrenia. Russell Crowe tackles the role with characteristic fervor, playing the Nobel prize-winning mathematician from his days at Princeton, where he developed a groundbreaking economic theory, to his meteoric rise to the cover of Forbes magazine and an MIT professorship, and on through to his eventual dismissal due to schizophrenic delusions. Of course, it is the delusions that fascinate director Ron Howard and, predictably, go astray. Nash's other world, populated as it is by a maniacal Department of Defense agent (Ed Harris), an imagined college roommate who seems straight out of Dead Poets Society, and an orphaned girl, is so fluid and scriptlike as to make the viewer wonder if schizophrenia is really as slick as depicted. Crowe's physical intensity drags us along as he works admirably to carry the film on his considerable shoulders. No doubt the story of Nash's amazing will to recover his life without the aid of medication is a worthy one, his eventual triumph heartening. Unfortunately, Howard's flashy style is unable to convey much of it. --Fionn Meade
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outbursts of laughter, simply at the surprises that continually would appear in the script which had nothing to do with the book. In fact, there is very little of the book in the screen play. By the end I discovered that the screen play is described as a story inspired by the life of John Nash and the book, A Beautiful Mind.
Taken alone, the script is a good study in turning the story into an adventure, complete with gun battles and car chase; in fact, the idea of mental illness and an ill math genius who wins a nobel prize, is
the jumping off point for this somewhat James Bond romp. But to be fair, it is developed, independent from the book or the mental disease, into an entertaining and moving story.
If you read the script, I suggest that you also buy the Two-Disc Awards Edition DVD which goes into great depth as to the scripting, the casting, the filming, effects creation, and much more. An enormous amount of care was taken in turning the actual story into an "it couldda happened" film.. inspired by the life of John Nash, but almost entirely fictional. It is a well scripted, wittilly dialogued, and interesting fantasia based upon a situation which had similar circumstances. The script leaves the John Nash character on a "reality diet" where he still is haunted by the presence of his other characters his mind has created, but which he now has learned to ignore. In fact, the real John Nash has almost no memory of his fantasies and has no remaining "hauntings" of them now. But hey, this is Hollywood, and they always have trouble discerning reality from fantasy.
Bottom line: it is well written, entertaining, and interesting in that we see an example of how a mostly internalized book can inspire an actualized film, suggested by the circumstances the book contains, and then elaborately produced.
Russell Crowe was excellent. I enjoyed his performance throughout his characters mental journey through his brilliance and his detriment.
I liked the movie and thought it was interesting. Sometimes unsure of what is reality or what is in John Nash's imagination, there was a beauty in how they crafted the movie.