Wick-Quoting #11: A Beautiful Mind

Why is A Beautiful Mind considered to be a good film?

Having a 8/10 rating on imdb, this film, supposedly based on a true story, won 4 Oscars.  The main reason for the film’s popularity is because it follows the basic construction of the main character.  The film does a great job in making us, the audience, root for John Nash (Russell Crowe).  And how could we not?  John Nash struggles with paranoid schizophrenia, causing him to hallucinate.  Not only that, he is shunned by most of his colleagues and has little luck with women in the beginning of the film.  He is also shown to have a good heart, working nonstop in order to protect his country.  Viewers are pretty much forced to support Nash throughout the film.

Uh.. those go on your feet

Because A Beautiful Mind is based on John Nash, a mathematician, you can expect a few facts has been fudged to make the film more appealing.  The biggest discrepancy is Nash’s love life.  In the film, it shows Nash falling in love with one woman, Alicia (Jennifer Connelly), and eventually getting married.  His relationship with Alicia takes up a huge part of the film – he does his best to please her, protect her, and make her proud.  It’s almost heartwarming to see Nash and his wife, as much older citizens, embrace at the end of the film when he wins an award.  During his end speech, Nash says it was all thanks to Alicia.  I remember seeing my mom cry when we watched this film a long time ago.  But the thing is, Nash’s love life is not as perfect as the film portrays.

A couple of years before John Nash met Alicia, he had a child with a nurse.  However, he abandoned them and went off to MIT to teach.  Talk about a good guy.  This is not at all mentioned in the film, for it would obviously ruin the bond between the character and the audience.

So in order to ensure continuity in the film, plenty of negative aspects are omitted from Nash’s life.  The film makes Nash look like a hero.  This kind of thing is done all the time in Hollywood films.

That's very nice lighting

Despite the inaccurate depiction of a man’s life, the film is well made for its time (2001).  The film doesn’t have the need for immense special effects (unlike Robin Hood (2010) which even so, still looks like it could’ve been made ten years ago).  Russell Crowe does an excellent job in portraying his character as a likable, crazy person.  He really brings out the hero in the character (just like in Robin Hood).

Big Brother is always watching.......

I, personally, prefer watching films that are complete fiction, rather than films that are based on a person’s life and have the need to twist details in order for it to be an enjoyable film.  If a change is necessary, than it is not really worth telling that person’s story.  However, considering the film itself, it is entertaining – it has appropriate antagonists and concludes nicely, making it a successful, feelgood story.

7.3

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1 Response to “Wick-Quoting #11: A Beautiful Mind”


  1. 1 Myles June 9, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Because A Beautiful Mind is based on John Nash, a mathematician, you can expect a few facts has been fudged to make the film more appealing.  The biggest discrepancy is Nash’s love life.  In the film, it shows Nash falling in love with one woman, Alicia (Jennifer Connelly), and eventually getting married.  His relationship with Alicia takes up a huge part of the film – he does his best to please her, protect her, and make her proud.  It’s almost heartwarming to see Nash and his wife, as much older citizens, embrace at the end of the film when he wins an award.  During his end speech, Nash says it was all thanks to Alicia.  I remember seeing my mom cry when we watched this film a long time ago.  But the thing is, Nash’s love life is not as perfect as the film portrays.
    +1


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