Saturday, September 15, 2007

A Beautiful Mind

This is the third time I have watched A Beautiful Mind and it is still one of my all-time favorite movies. A true story, it chronicles the life and love of Dr. John Nash, an equally gifted and tormented genius who as a graduate student at Princeton, painstakingly crafts a mathematical analysis of group behavior and motivation that in the years that followed, revolutionized economic theory, and impacted modern commerce, biology and many other disciplines.

A Beautiful Mind however is not about mathematics or even Nash's extraordinary accomplishments as a mathematician. It is a love story. A story of a man who overcomes seemingly indomitable demons with the help of his wife whose devotion is the only force equal to Nash's genius. Jennifer Connelly delivers a moving portrayal of Alicia Nash.

The payoff for A Beautiful Mind occurs in the last seconds of the movie and is one of the most moving endings to a film that I know of.

Russell Crowe's extraordinary performance as Dr. John Nash showcases why he is one of the best and most versatile actors of our time. Remarkably, it seems he is about the only artist in this film who didn't win an Oscar. He was nominated however, as was Jennifer Connelly, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and writer Akiva Goldsman, who all won Oscars for best supporting actress, direction, best picture and best screenplay respectively.

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