The Beautiful Mind
Director: Ron Howard
Writer: Akiva Goldsman, Sylvia Nasar(author)
Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Paul Bettany…
In ''A Beautiful Mind,'' her biography of the mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr., Sylvia Nasar quotes one of his colleagues: ''All mathematicians live in two different worlds. They live in a crystalline world of perfect platonic forms- an ice palace. But they also live in the common world where things are transient, ambiguous, subject to vicissitudes.'' Mr. Nash, whose life is a case study in the difficulty -- and also the wonder -- of living in both, now inhabits a third: the treacle palace of middlebrow Hollywood moviemaking, in which ambiguity is dissolved in reassuring platitudes and freshly harvested tears. The tears, and the dazzled glow that accompanies them, feel honestly earned. The paradox of Ron Howard's new film, from a script by Akiva Goldsman, is that the story that elicits these genuine emotions is almost entirely counterfeit. Nominated for eight Academy Awards and winner of four Oscars including Best Picture, “A Beautiful Mind” is one of the premier dramas of the decade. This brainchild of popular director Ron Howard debuted to widespread media hype and pre-release critical acclaims due to its power house team of Ron Howard, Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly, and the theme of a mathematical genius and victim of schizophrenia; whose affliction causes his life to crumble around him and he attempts to repair the shattered fragments of his life. He succeeds. Of course he succeeds, this is Hollywood and Hollywood likes a happy ending. In this case the happy ending is that, as an old man and after years of struggle, the poor academic is awarded the Nobel Prize. One interesting point though; it's a true story and our hero is none other than John Forbes Nash Jr. "A Beautiful Mind" lays out the story of mathematical genius John Forbes Nash Jr. as he enters Princeton, a bright student with a limitless future ahead of him. Obsessed with finding a way to prove he truly matters, he competes with the other students in Princeton's brutally competitive math department, all of whom are searching for one truly original idea. Inspiration strikes him while he's studying in a local bar surrounded by his rowdy classmates. As they vie for the attention of a stunning blonde, Nash observes their rivalry and, from that, develops his “game theory.” Nash's theory contradicts 150 years of accepted theory and earns him a coveted position at MIT where part of his duty is to teach a course to eager young minds. Jennifer Connelly enters the film as one of those eager young minds, Alicia Larde. Alicia falls for the nervous, socially inept Nash, inviting him to dinner and starting a romance that breathes delicious, harmless chaos into Nash's carefully ordered world. At one point, Alicia breezes into his office, brandishing a proof she has devised for a fiendishly difficult hypothesis. Her professor and future husband looks up from the paper coffee cup he is chewing on and glances at her work. ''It's elegant, but uh..ultimately wrong..,'' he says, delivering a verdict that would well apply to his “beautiful mind'' as portrayed later in the movie. As a young genius, Nash enjoys the early success of a budding career in academia. Nash is invited to the Pentagon to crack encrypted enemy telecommunication. Nash is able to decipher the code mentally, to the astonishment of other coders. He considers his regular duties at MIT uninteresting and beneath his talents, so he is pleased to given a new assignment by the mysterious William Parcher (Ed Harris) of the United States Department of Defense, to look for patterns in magazines and newspapers in order to thwart a Soviet plot. Nash becomes increasingly obsessive and believes he is followed when he delivers his mails. Nash begins to fear for his life after witnessing a shootout between Parcher and Soviet agents. He tells Parcher that he wants to...
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