A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship.
A biopic of the meteoric rise of John Forbes Nash Jr., a math prodigy able to solve problems that baffled the greatest of minds. And how he overcame years of suffering through schizophrenia to win the Nobel Prize. Written by
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Mathematicians won the war. Mathematicians broke the Japanese codes... and built the A-bomb. Mathematicians... like you. The stated goal of the Soviets is global Communism. In medicine or economics, in technology or space, battle lines are being drawn. To triumph, we need results. Publishable, applicable results. Now who among you will be the next Morse? The next Einstein? Who among you will be the vanguard of democracy, freedom, and discovery? Today, we bequeath America's future ...
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Ron Howard has certainly matured over the past years. From lighthearted flicks such as Splash, Gun-Ho and Willow to successfully done dramas: Backdraft, Apollo 13, Ransom, Edtv (just kidding folks) and now, A Beautiful Mind. This movie won 4 Oscars including Best Picture. Even though the movie only won 1 deserved Oscar for Best Writing, (Best director in my mind was David Lynch and Best Movie was without a shadow of a doubt Gosford Park), the academy gave the Best Actor award to Denzel's mainstream performance on Training Day, which I thought was comical. Don't get me wrong, Denzel was a superb bad guy, but Russell easily outacted him, his best performance. A Beautiful Mind is an incredible achievement, the acting is perfect and even if the script gets overly Hollywoodized at times,(term I use that means cheesy Hollywood moments a la Titanic) it still is an incredible experience from beginning to end.
The movie follows the real life of John Forbes Nash Jr, a math genius that suffered over the years due to schizophrenia. It details the rises and falls of Nash, the love of his life Alishia and his closest friends. The script is very well written, keeping you on your toes at all times. And for those who haven't seen it, the twist is incredible. I wont spoil anything other than you need to pay very close attention.
The acting as I said is exceptional. Everyone does their roles to utter perfection. Ed Harris, Paul Bettany, Christopher Plummer, Adam Goldberg, Josh Lucas, Judd Hirsh...everyone; an incredible supporting cast that sadly didn't receive any nods from the academy, but the academy are pretentious snobs anyways. The beautiful Jennifer Connelly acted marvelously as the wife suffering because of his husband's condition. You feel for her on more than one occasion. And Russel Crowe gives the best performance of 2001. From his trouble at walking, to the way he talks, to his constant nervousness and when he is on the brink of insanity is all acted brilliantly. Not so many actors do perfect roles in their careers. Russel achieved his. Romper Stomper was his best performance, but with A Beautiful Mind, he breaks new ground. This IS his best performance.
The editing and cinematography are pure eye candy. Very crisp and bright colors highlighting the enormous production value. The ever great James Horner composes an incredible soundtrack, his second best.
The things that bothered me with the movie is well, the over glamorized clichés that seems to form part in dramas. For example: the stars in the sky scene. I could smell the cheese from my living room. Still, this is one of Ron's best movies in his ever growing A list filmography. Ron is good at these types of movies, the big-budget heartlifting dramas. Perfect performances, great script, great music, and overall, an excellent movie. 9/10.
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