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A Beautiful Mind (widescreen) Awards Edition
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A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash (Novel the movie is based on)

A Beautiful Mind Review

Directed By: Ron Howard.
Starring: Adam Goldberg, Christopher Plummer, Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany.

Nominated for 8 Academy Awards. Check out our Academy Award 2002 Nomination Page here!

Synopsis: Loosely based on the true story of John Forbes Nash Jr, a man who became one of the country's leading mathematicians before developing schizophrenia. Eventually he overcame his condition and won the Nobel Prize for economics. Recently picked up Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Picture at the Golden Globes. That's a pretty solid sweep and an interesting indicator for what may might happen at the Oscars this year.

One thing is for certain after viewing the movie. I want to read the book. In one way that is a positive note, the movie intrigued me enough to know more about John Nash, his theories and what happened to him. On another note, I want to see what was 'conjured' for the film to make it more palatable for movie-going audiences.

That aside, this is the kind of movie Ron Howard excels at. He has a knack for taking difficult subjects and not only conveying the underlying principles of them to the audience, but making them interesting. A task he really has to work hard at in A Beautiful Mind considering it features a lot of economic and mathematical theory. One way Howard seems to easily jump this hurdle is along the lines of, you have two apples and I take away one...instead of apples place women in a bar and the mathematical geniuses regarding them. Makes for an interesting, human and very funny scene.

A lot has been said of Russell Crowe's performance here. Truth is, I'm not a big Russell Crowe fan, and yet time and time again he gives a stunning performance and I have to eat crow and acknowledge he is a superb talent. What a jerk. I honestly believe he did not really earn the Oscar so much for his performance in Gladiator than his work in the previous year's The Insider. If they had only waited another year and given him the award for this film as well I would be much happier. This is a fully developed character who deals not only with Schizophrenia but being an oddball to his genius and eventually his family (somehow this guy manages to snag Jennifer Connelly).

Speaking of Connelly, it is nice to see her rebounding back into the Hollywood scene and in such different movies. Last year's gut-wrenching Requiem For A Dream and now A Beautiful Mind, if she isn't high on most Producer's 'Get List' at this time, she should be!

There are some other people to note in this film though. Ed Harris I tend to liken to Gene Hackman, the men can do anything and they are always intriguing and reliable. Also, a word should go out on Paul Bettany. this guy just keeps getting better and better. He was the highlight of last year's A Knight's Tale and he nailed his role in Gangster No.1, a man to keep an eye on in Hollywood.

In terms of acting, a four out of five, but for the lags in pacing and plotting a three with the inevitable 3 and a half stars out of five ranking.

Copyright© Written By: Rob Paul

DVD Information:

Special Features:
Feature Commentary with Director Ron Howard
Feature Commentary with Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman
Deleted Scenes with Director's Commentary
DVD-ROM Features
Cast and Filmmakers Bios and Production Notes

Disc Two:
A Beautiful Partnership: Ron Howard and Brian Grazer
Development of the Screenplay - Hosted by Brian Grazer
Casting Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly
John Nash's Prize-Winning Theory and Acceptance
The Process of Age Progression - Hosted by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer
Storyboards-to-Final Feature Comparison
Creation of the Special Effects - Hosted by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer
Scoring the Film - Hosted by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer
'Inside A Beautiful Mind' Making-Of
Review Reactions and Academy Awards® Best Picture Acceptance Speech

The DVD Review:
Full loaded disc...can't wait for the release of this one.

Evil Ash

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