A Beautiful Mind

Review: About the mathematician, John Forbes Nash, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Director: Ron Howard
Actors: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer and Paul Bettany
Year: 2001
Genre: Biography and Drama
Conclusion: 4/5
I love Russell Crowe’s acting and I think he very much brings the character he portrays to life. This is very well directed by Ron Howard who has put all of his energy into this and has done a lot of research into getting things right. There is one scene in the film where there are some equations seen on the classroom chalk board. These were actually written by the real life John Nash. He actually came to visit the set and Russell Crowe learnt a few things from him like the way he moved his hands etc. The music was fantastic and was composed by James Horner, who died in a plane crash in 2015. He will always be remembered for being such a talented composer. Rachel Weisz was offered the part of Alicia but turned it down. The theme in this film is transparent, and is mainly developed by the character, John Nash. Reading film critic Roger Ebert’s review on this film he ended with a few interesting questions to think about. One of them was “Without his madness, would Nash have also lived and then been forgotten?” and also “Did his ability to penetrate the most difficult reaches of mathematical thought somehow come with a price attached?”. I guess we will never know the answers to these questions. This film features a great cameo role for Paul Bettany. At the Academy Awards in 2002 this won 4 Oscars. They were for Best Picture, Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jennifer Connelly), Best Director (Ron Howard) and for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published. At the Golden Globe Awards in 2002 this won 4 Awards. They were for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama (Russell Crowe), Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Jennifer Connelly), Best Screenplay – Motion Picture and also Best Motion Picture – Drama. At the Bafta Awards also in 2002 this won 2 Awards. They were for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Russell Crowe) and also Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Jennifer Connelly). John and Alicia Nash were sadly killed in a car accident on May 23rd, 2015. John was 86 and Alicia was 82.

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