Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany, Ed Harris,
Josh Lucas, Adam Goldberg, Anthony Rapp, Vivien Cadone, Judd
Hirsch, and Christopher Plummer
Directed By: Ron Howard
Beautiful Mind is as complex as its subject, Nobel
Prize winner Dr.
John Nash; it's a funny romantic thriller, high in drama.
Russell Crowe is mesmerizing (per usual) and disappears into
the role as he does each time he graces his screen.
a new year at Princeton 1947 and all the young minds of the
future are chomping at the bit to be the next Einstein. There
we find a fun group of genius' and one smarty pants is even
"more" genius than the rest, John Nash (Russell
Crowe). Nash is a bit of an oddball and doesn't mince words
with frilly superfluous adjectives. In fact he says precisely
what ever his mind calculates as fact without editing. Hence
he comes off a tad rude and uncaring and he's no hit
with the gals, guys, or common types that wander in and out
of his life. He's
as socially defunct as he is brilliant.
Princeton nemesis, Hansen (Josh Lucas), is nearly as "good"
as him, and is headed for the position Nash had favored himself.
Unless he can come up with something totally new, and hit
the world upside the head with his astute theories.
He does. His theory is now known (and utilized) as equilibria
in the theory of non-cooperative games. There's no layman's
terms to that, really, just think games without set rules
and you'll be close. With his simple idea, he revolutionized
economics,globally, and refutes the long accepted ideas
of economic genius Adam Smith. Professional success is his.
Then the government comes to him and asks if he can help them
decode some ominous codes they've intercepted. He does. His
mind, which is cracker jack fast, is able to crack the code
fast as an eggshell cracks- and that's pretty fast- Jack.
This attracts a secret agent type, Mr. Parcher (Ed "
I played POLLOCK the artist not Pollack the fish!- Harris)
who solicits even more secret assistance from the volatile
given top-secret clearance and put to work, finding secret
messages the commies have planted in our magazines.
his governmental extra curriculum begins so does a
new phenomenon for the platonic genius. He meets a smart and
beautiful gal named Alicia (Jennifer Connelly) and as quickly
as mercury is drawn up with temperature Nash falls head over
quantum physics in love.
his government contact, Mr. Parcher, informs him the soviets
may be on to him and there may be repercussions for he and
his new bride. When Nash is shot at while meeting with Mr.
Parcher the mental pressure, which is tremendous, starts to
take effect. Nash is breaking down faster than an equation
in a room full of mathematicians!
don't want to give away the story
That's all you get.
GO SEE THIS!
appears director Ron Howard has started a tradition
year right before the holidays he brings us an exceptional
gift of a wonderful film. Last year's Grinch, and this
year he tops that tenfold with this sensation, A Beautiful
Mind. Bravo! His direction takes a sterling cast, and
a brilliantly clever script and creates a masterpiece. Scenes
are elegantly stitched together like an Armani suit draped
upon an Oscar bound actor
Jennifer Connelly lit up the scenes
she shared with her star, and not just held her own, but also
stole a bit of Crowe's glow.
Speaking of Pollock, its star and director Ed Harris
plays his shady government agent Mr. Parcher, with the slither
he's so famous for; smooth as a properly crusted Crème
Bettany ( who basically carried any frame of savable celluloid
from that god-awful A Knight's Tale
fiasco last summer on his broad lanky shoulders) is wonderful
as Nash's best friend, roommate and confidant Charles Herman.
I've loved this guy the first time I had the pleasure of seeing
him perform. Keep an eye peeled for him...he's a keeper.
When you see and hear Russell Crowe
(see n.male adj.manly v.to drool in the dictionary) as Nash
complete with a quirky West Virginia accent, an odd over-bite
and a goofydoodle haircut, you'll almost forget this manly
actor sexed up the screen as a macho hard bodied pheromone
projecting studmuffin in Gladiator-
almost. Those familiar with Crowe's works know he
loves a role that gives him a challenge. It seems to be a
kind of Rugby match 'tween the screen with him. Whether he's
adding pounds and years to fight evil cigarette companies
(The Insider) or leading
clueless neo-Nazis to battle against erroneous enemies (Romper
Stomper), he devours a role and spits out perfection.
I'd like to dip his entire naked being in strawberry whip
Bluntly speaking? There's no mathematical
equation that can produce the number of stars this film deserves;
Recommendation: Slow roasted Kiwi Crowe dipped in Strawberry
flavored whip cream ...