A Beautiful Mind
- Ron Howard
- Reviewed by
- José Ruiloba a.k.a. Morris
- Review date
- Thursday, February 28, 2002
John Nash (Russell Crowe) is a mathematician who gets a scholarship at Princeton and struggles hard to come up with a truly original idea that would put him on the map. He also has a hard time because of his strange attitude and personality. His life completely changes when he meets Alicia (Jennifer Connelly), a beautiful student with whom he forms a relationship and who will be pivotal in his battle with a terrible disease that puts his sanity in jeopardy.
A Beautiful Mind is a movie that has it all. It works as a psychological thriller, as a romance, as a biography and as a character study. Akiva Goldsman’s wonderful script and Ron Howard’s assured direction do wonders in bringing this real-life story to the big-screen in such a compelling way. To be honest, a movie about a struggling mathematician could have been boring as hell, yet you’ll be surprised by how interesting and entertaining it turns out to be.
John Nash is not precisely the most sympathetic person out there. He is difficult to be around and does not strike you as a likable fellow at first sight. Still we fall for him. We get to know him from the inside and can see his suffering and his strength to go on with the help of his wife. That’s what love can do when it’s that strong. It isn’t always passion and romance, but also pain and suffering.
This relationship between John and Alice is also magical. There’s a saying, which states that behind every great man there’s always a great woman. That’s especially true when you look at the Nashes’s story. It’s impressive to see how Alicia always stood by her man even if she arguably suffered more than he did. That “umbrella” scene was my definite favorite because of the way it ungloved so many things in so special ways.
Russell Crowe, one of the most talented actors working nowadays, gives yet again an impressively impeccable performance. He never falls into easy traps and there’s never a hint at overacting. He simply becomes the character and delivers a believable portrayal of a man under these particular circumstances. Jennifer Connelly, on the other hand, stands up to him while also looking gorgeous. Supporting performances by Paul Bettany, Ed Harris and Christopher Plummer are also first-rate.
To sum it all up I can’t forget mentioning James Horner’s haunting score, Roger Deakins’s wonderful cinematography and whoever is responsible for one of the most believable make-up jobs I’ve ever seen. In a few words, this is a story worth being told.
“Perhaps it is good to have a beautiful mind, but an even greater gift is to discover a beautiful heart.”
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