...The BeautifulMind Director: Ron Howard Writer: Akiva Goldsman, Sylvia Nasar(author) Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Paul Bettany… In ''A BeautifulMind,'' her biography of the mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr., Sylvia Nasar quotes one of his colleagues: ''All mathematicians live in two different worlds. They live in a crystalline world of perfect platonic forms- an ice palace. But they also live in the common world where things are transient, ambiguous, subject to vicissitudes.'' Mr. Nash, whose life is a case study in the difficulty -- and also the wonder -- of living in both, now inhabits a third: the treacle palace of middlebrow Hollywood moviemaking, in which ambiguity is dissolved in reassuring platitudes and freshly harvested tears. The tears, and the dazzled glow that accompanies them, feel honestly earned. The paradox of Ron Howard's new film, from a script by Akiva Goldsman, is that the story that elicits these genuine emotions is almost entirely counterfeit. Nominated for eight Academy Awards and winner of four Oscars including Best Picture, “A BeautifulMind” is one of the premier dramas of the decade. This brainchild of popular director Ron Howard debuted to widespread media hype and pre-release critical acclaims due to its power house team of Ron Howard, Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly, and the theme of a mathematical genius and victim of...
Beautiful Mind: Reaction Paper
1584 WordsMar 28th, 20127 Pages
A BEAUTIFUL MIND
John Nash first arrives as a new graduate student at Princeton University. There he meets his roommate Charles, a literature student, who soon becomes his best friend. He also meets a group of other promising math and science graduate students.
John sometimes goes out to a bar with his fellow students to try to meet women, but is always unsuccessful. However, the experience is what ultimately inspires his work in the concept of governing dynamics, a theory in mathematical economics. After the conclusion of John's studies as a student at Princeton, he accepts a teaching offer at a prestigious institution, along with his friends Sol and Bender. It is while at this post that he meets Alicia, a student with whom…show more content…
It is nice to see a change in the way the movie industry has depicted a person’s illness, not as a “tragedy” as it is always shown in many movies, but rather as “life” itself. Dr. John Forbes Nash. We all have heard this name before. I recall doing research work on Dr. Nash’s game theory, the Nash Equilibrium, in my 6th grade elementary. I was unknowing then that this strike of brilliance was developed by a mind that was once confused by what is real and what is not. I daresay creative thought certainly comes with a great price. I guess that is why it is so rare, intended only for those who can carry its burdens.
I first saw this film a few years ago. At the start of the movie, I waited for John Nash to do something out of the ordinary. Other than his shyness and brilliance, he seemed quite the ordinary person. When it finally registered, that most of what I had just seen was only real to Dr. Nash, I felt ill. The delusions that his mind created were as brilliant as he. He created people and scenarios that were possible for his extraordinary mind to believe. But this realization was yet to create any impact in my life, then. It was only years later, someone I know and care about suffered a similar yet milder condition. I have known her my whole life. Such a tragedy to have happened to her, took quite some time for everybody to accept. She was plagued . . . plagued with depression, indecision and the feeling of being unloved,