A Beautiful Mind

2001 Drama | Romance

From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experiences it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery once he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over this tragedy, and finally, late in life, received the Nobel Prize.

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A Beautiful Mind

Beautifully acted but flawed in its depiction of both its subject and the illness 'A Beautiful Mind' gives a potted history of John Forbes Nash Jr., the Nobel Prize winning mathematician, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. Nash Jr. has just won a scholarship to an exclusive university and his brilliance eventually leads to international fame. As his fame grows, so too does Nash's inability to separate what is real and what is not. Crowe gives a splendid performance as Nash, and Connolly also does fine work as his wife, Alicia. Where 'A Beautiful Mind' ultimately falters is with the screenplay and the director's insistence on spelling everything out for the audience, leading to a patronising depiction of a terrifying illness.

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