This is a really good film but I am always bothered by
films made about people who are still alive and I spend a lot of time wondering
what's true and what's been made up. I always find the real story
much more fascinating than what the screenwriter comes up with. In
the case of A Beautiful Mind, we are told that the movie has been
``inspired" by the life of John Nash. Like I said, this is a good
movie, but the events it relates are somewhat different from the real life
of John Nash. He won the 1994
Nobel Prize for Economics for game theory which he developed in the
40's and 50's. Starting in 1958, he developed schizophrenia and spent
the next 30 years in and out of mental hospitals. He recovered enough
to receive the Nobel Prize in 1994. These facts are more or less
adhered to in the movie although Nash's symptoms appear much earlier in
the movie. Among the facts changed or ignored in the movie are that
Nash fathered a son with another woman before meeting his wife, that his
wife divorced him after he went crazy, and that he lost his job after being
arrested in a homosexual sting operation. Ok, I just wanted to get
this stuff off my chest. A Beautiful Mind is a wonderful movie.
Who would have thought that two such beautiful people as Russell Crowe
(Nash) and Jennifer Connelly (his wife Alicia) can actually act!
Both of them have shown signs of talent recently. Crowe won the Best
Actor Oscar last year for Gladiator
and was nominated for The Insider.
Connelly, best known for her many web sites, has been making some interesting
movies lately, notably Pollock
and Requiem for a Dream.
Crowe and Connelly are excellent in A Beautiful Mind. Crowe, in
particular, deserves another Best Actor nomination. The supporting
cast, including Ed Harris, Christopher Plummer and Adam Goldberg are great
too. And the director is Ron Howard. A Beautiful Mind
adds another feather to his cap that already includes such films as Cocoon,
Backdraft, and Apollo
13. I feel like I grew up with him. We were both born the same
year and I've been following his career since he was Opie on The
Andy Griffith Show. A Beautiful Mind is put together in
an amazing way to highlight Nash and his problems. I can't say more
without giving stuff away. Click here if you
want to know. Crowe creates one of the most memorable characters
or the year and A Beautiful Mind is a beautiful film.