‘A Beautiful Mind’: The Ultimate Surprise

My mother’s been telling me to watch A Beautiful Mind for practically a year now. I’ve been putting it off because I thought I knew what the movie was about. I soon discovered that the movie was nothing like I expected. Deservedly winning Best Picture, A Beautiful Mind struck me with its bold storytelling that had me on the edge of my seat. I didn’t know what was going to happen, I didn’t know the story would end, all I knew was that the movie was good as crap.

The most recent film I watched involving Russel Crowe was the ridiculous and absolutely horrible movie called The Mummy where he portrayed Dr. Henry Jekyll. I was, and still, very livid that he would stoop down to a role (and movie) as terrible as that when he is SUCH a good actor. A Beautiful Mind only sharpened my anger.

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I keep saying it, I’m a sucker for love stories and this film was just that, a gripping love story that crept to the very brink of tragedy in ways that had me wide-eyed with terror and yet weeping with profuse joy at the film’s conclusion.

Jennifer Connelly and Russel Crowe would both be nominated for Oscars, only Connelly would win for Best Supporting Actress which I find unfathomable. Russel Crowe did such an amazing job in this film that I didn’t see him as Maximus Aurelius, one of the greatest movie heroes of all time. I simply saw him as John Nash, the troubled mathematician whose dogged perseverance led him to receive the recognition that far exceeded his loftiest dreams.

I like Denzel Washington and I think he’s a tremendous actor…but there is NO WAY he did a better job than Russel Crowe. That’s just my opinion though.

I was also rather surprised, and elated, to learn that Ron Howard had directed this film. And who doesn’t love seeing Christopher Plummer in this movie who undoubtedly managed to play a perfect role in this film, no matter how brief it was.

Honestly, I can’t get this movie enough praise. There are some Best Picture-winning movies that you see and say, “Eh, that was alright.” This wasn’t one of them.

I’m giving this movie 100 out of 100 and 5 out of 5 stars. It was perfect. A really, really great film. Now, I have to show my sister the film.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.

 

2 thoughts on “‘A Beautiful Mind’: The Ultimate Surprise”

  1. I have less to say, other than I’ve done some looking into non cooperative game theory as a hobby project (specifically, “iterated prisoners’ dilemma) and have run into some of the real life Nash’s concepts while I’ve been doing it. They don’t really go into the details in the film in favor of dramatizing the personal struggles of his mental illness, but it’s been kind of neat to notice them when I’ve run across them.

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