Review - A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Delorted - wrote on 10/24/07
One of the greatest minds of our economical history was born in 1928. John Forbes Nash (Russell Crowe) went to school at Princeton University, where he met his best friend Charles Herman (Paul Bettany) and, later as a teacher, his wife Alicia (Jennifer Connelly). He later went on to work for a secret military operation run bye William Parcher (Ed Harris) and eventually win the Nobel Prize. His mathematical and economical work, and more importantly his personal life, are all covered in the Best Picture winning film “A Beautiful Mind.”
The film follows Nash and his battle with schizophrenia throughout his life in a formulaic fashion not unlike a math problem. Though the film does make up a lot of material, it does not seem to matter, because the film works as a great story in honor of the man’s life. The characters are emotional and deep, which really brings out the humanistic qualities in them.
The cinematography is one of the most clever and exciting aspects of the film. The way the film shows us how Nash’s mind works is very unique and inspiring. His development as a character is mirrored by the development of the way we see him develop. The camerawork draws you in and does not let go throughout the film.
Another quality that makes this film one of the greatest ever is its score. The music is one of the most beautiful scores to date. The mood and the emotion that is brought out through the score brings the film to new heights and embraces the true beauty of Nash’s mind.
“A Beautiful Mind” brings to light the effects of schizophrenia in a way that makes you not feel sorry for this particular victim, but rather joyful and inspired by the way it is handled. This is one of the greatest films ever made, and is a definite “must-see” for anybody who enjoys film, as well as anybody that does not.
Final Score: 9.6/10