Name: A Beautiful Mind
Running Time (minutes): 135
Description: Biopic of the famed mathematician John Nash and his lifelong struggles with his mental health. Nash enrolled as a graduate student at Princeton in 1948 and almost immediately stood out as an odd duck. He devoted himself to finding something unique, a mathematical theorem that would be completely original. He kept to himself for the most part and while he went out for drinks with other students, he spends a lot of time with his roommate, Charles, who eventually becomes his best friend. John is soon a professor at MIT where he meets and eventually marries a graduate student, Alicia. Over time, however, John begins to lose his grip on reality, eventually being institutionalised diagnosed with schizophrenia. As the depths of his imaginary world are revealed, Nash withdraws from society and it’s not until the 1970s that he makes his first foray back into the world of academics, gradually returning to research and teaching. In 1994, John Nash is awarded the Nobel prize in Economics.
Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris and Jennifer Connelly
Genres: Biography, Drama
Touching story, though Russell Crowe’s mumbling became rather annoying after a while.
Stunning score, but I didn’t really like how James Horner completely abandoned his wondrous and adventurous music as Nash’s illness progresses, but it’s an understandable choice. And only Horner can tell me how something is terribly wrong with just three piano notes.