Review – A Beautiful Mind (2001)

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a-beautiful-mind-5224d810c17acWelcome to Genius Week: Day 1. This week, we’ll be examining films that focus on brilliant minds and geniuses, and the first one that came up was A Beautiful Mind, which at this point, I’ve never seen before. I will say this though, I had a very different image in mind as to how the film would play out than what actually happened. I’m sitting here thinking Russell Crowe is a savant that sits in this room for two hours drawing equations on a window and has a breakthrough near the end that changes the world…but that part of the movie is just the first half hour or so…that’s it. The rest is completely new to me.

Alright, so this film focuses on John Nash, a brilliant mathematician that sees the world a little bit differently than anyone else. He is soon approached to help the CIA locate a bomb using his advanced intellect, but the more he gets invested in the conspiracy, the more danger he finds himself and his family in. When he tries to get out, he’s informed that he can’t, he’s in too deep.

It’s so weird. Here I am thinking this is a complete drama, probably slow, mostly taking place in the same area. Turns out completely different, though. It’s almost, almost a conspiracy thriller that does its best to throw the audience for a loop. So, let’s go ahead and break it down, shall we?

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PEOPLE SCORE – 10/10
Acting – 2|Characters – 2|Casting – 2|Importance – 2|Chemistry – 2

The first thing you’ll notice with this film is that the people in it are great. The acting is spot on, the characters are extremely memorable, no one else could play these characters, they all have an important role to play that adds to the plot, and they all work perfectly well together. You won’t see me complaining about anything in this category anytime soon.

WRITING SCORE – 8/10
Dialogue – 2|Balanced – 1|Story – 1|Originality – 2|Interesting – 2

What about the writing? Nearly perfect. The only thing I wasn’t the biggest fan of was how balanced it was. Being a biographical film, those don’t always have the best direction as to where it’s even going, and the same applies here. I mean, figuring out the location of the bomb can sort of be seen as a goal, but it’s mostly ignored. The dialogue is very unique and memorable, it is very original and incredibly interesting, however, what is the story trying to tell us? I’m not really sure. There is something in there about being yourself, no matter what other people think of you, but still. That was barely focused on.

BTS SCORE – 7/10
Visuals – 2|Directing – 2|Editing – 1|Advertisement – 1|Music – 1

How were things behind the scenes? Well, it had amazing visuals and directing, but nothing else stood out.  The editing was just fine, the music didn’t stand out, and as far as advertisement goes…I thought the movie was going to be something else entirely, and that wasn’t the case. So, I’ll consider that slightly false advertising.

NARRATIVE ARC SCORE – 8/10
Introduction – 2|Inciting Incident – 2|Obstacles – 2|Climax – 1|Falling Action – 1

The narrative arc wasn’t terrible, either. The introduction got us acquainted with everyone important, the inciting incident was when he was approached by the people in the CIA, the obstacles were trying to do his job while also secretly preparing information for the CIA. The climax was anticlimactic because it didn’t have the clearest ending point and the same going for falling action. They are both there, but they sort of blend together.

ENTERTAINMENT SCORE – 8/10
Rewatchability – 2|Fun – 2|Impulse/Buy – 1|Impusle/Talk – 1|Sucks Audience IN – 2

It was certainly a very entertaining film. I see it as rewatchable, fun to watch, it sucks the audience in really well. I wouldn’t mind owning it, but I’m not going to buy it. I also wouldn’t mind discussing pivotal points in this film, but I won’t go nuts if I don’t.

TOTAL SPECIAL – 50/50
Russell Crowe – 10|Drama – 10|Romance – 10|Genius – 10|Halfway Decent – 10

What about the specialty questions that I wrote before seeing the movie? Well, the first one was how well did Russell Crowe do? This is honestly one of his best films, so he gets full points there. What about the drama aspect? Yep, it is definitely very dramatic. Romance? The romance part was definitely more unique than most films with romance involved, but the important part was that the two had chemistry and it was all very believable. This is genius week, so how was his genius? Well, he has a beautiful mind for a reason, right? This was definitely unique. Is it halfway decent? It’s great, yeah.

TOTAL – 91/100

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