A Beautiful Mind tackles the life of John Nash, a brilliant mathematician, and his life's scars. We first encounter him during graduate school, where he produced his original idea, the idea that would make him stand out among his peers. Nash wasn't very particular with people; his personality seems off-putting and rather blunt, but he is an acquired taste. He continued on with his work, getting recognized for efforts, and even managing to marry someone who was enamored with him. Everything in his life seems to be going great for him, until one incident leads to his unfortunate diagnose, and his life sort of stumbles from there.
What made the film intriguing was that there was no hint to that big revelation; it might be confusing at first, but then it actually becomes real. The lines between the two realities are finally blurred enough for us to see Nash in a different light, to see Nash as how people around him see him. The writing doesn't just dump all the information all at once, it gives transition to make us see the two realities Nash has been living in, and to finally accept that this was happening.
The score of the film was quite the stand out. From the first piece, I would have guessed I was watching a fantasy film. It was playful, curious. I would have thought that as the film proceeds, the score will naturally get darker. But it was the hopeful pieces that quite stood out, and it very much complimented the film. The film also covered some powerful scenes, but it was the pen scene that really made all emotions fly out. It was quite a touching tribute, as well as his speech at the final scenes of the film.
A Beautiful Mind was an entirely wonderful film, but something was tugging me that I could not give it a perfect 10. It was beautiful, the performances were brilliant, the writing was perfect. I think it was missing something, a factor that makes the film stand out through the test of time, that factor that elevates it to a certain status when it comes to films. Something that makes it unforgettable, I think.
Final Word: Amazing performances by Crowe, Connelly, and the rest of the cast involved.
Cast: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly
Director: Ron Howard