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A good movie

Posted : 2 years, 8 months ago on 12 January 2017 11:02

To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen the damned thing and it is definitely one of those movies I would really like to re-watch at some point. Anyway, I remember it very well, I was at first not really interested by the whole thing but after it won the Best Picture Academy award, I thought I might as well give it a try. So, I went to see it in the theater, without knowing the plot or who the hell was John Nash and I must admit it, I was actually positively surprised. Indeed, since I didn’t know what it was about, I really didn't expect it when Nash started to become insane and it made for a rather intriguing viewing. Since then, the opinions on this flick have been rather polarized though. Indeed, some think it is really amazing and some others think it is one of the most overrated features to win the big prize at the Academy awards. Personally, I think it is pretty good but, on the other hand, it was also rather obvious that Ron Howard basically chickened out and removed many dark elements surrounding John Nash’s life, elements which could have made the movie really and truly brilliant. Anyway, to conclude, even though I wasn’t completely sold by the whole thing, it was still a decent biopic and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre.



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A Beautiful Mind (2001) review

Posted : 4 years ago on 16 September 2015 04:34

Another movie I watched in school. I quite remember when it first came out and I avoided it, thinking it looked boring, that Russell Crowe was in too many movies, and that I did not want to see Paul Bettany (whom I irrationally dislike. I'm sure he is a wonderful person, and I wouldn't say he is a bad actor. I just...don't care for him as an actor.) I remember when it won an Oscar, and that still didn't make me want to see it. Finally...in 2015, I had no choice. We watched it in class and you aren't allowed to leave early unless you have a good reason. Not wanting to watch a movie does not count as a good reason.

The experience was not so bad. The first part, where John is at college was very slow-moving and hard to sit through. After John graduates and meets and begins working with the mysterious Mr. Parcher, things pick up considerably. We soon learn that things are not as they seem for John. This is confirmed with his diagnosis of Schizophrenia. With the help of his (not-very-interesting-in-the-movie) wife Alicia, John struggles to lead a "normal" life, although he finds it harder than expected to leave his old "world" behind.

This is another movie that I saw in German, so I can say that Russell Crowe did a very good job, but I also have to give credit to the German voice-over actor for John. A German-voiced stand-in for Paul Bettany was more than alright with me, and while his character Charles seemed dull at first, he ends up being a very significant and fascinating part of the movie.

As for John's illness, the movie does an okay job at portraying Schizophrenia. I was interested enough in the movie to do a little bit of reading about John and Alicia (who tragically passed away together in the summer of 2015) and learned that the movie does not do the best job of portraying John's Schizophrenia. They also omitted a lot of interesting details about John and Alicia's personal life (they did divorce, but Alicia continued to help John out and even allowed him to live at her house. They eventually remarried in 2000 and remained married for the rest of their lives.) They even tackily omitted the fact that Alicia came from El Salvador. Jennifer Connelly...definitely is not from there.

All in all, for a more interesting than expected movie about Schizophrenia, "A Beautiful Mind" is worth watching. For a story about John Nash, I believe there is a PBS documentary that will teach people who he actually was.

7 1/2 out of 10 stars.


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A Beautiful Mind (2001) review

Posted : 5 years, 8 months ago on 19 January 2014 12:13

Breathtaking soundtrack, touching acting, and a visually pleasing adaption to the life of John Nash.


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A Beautiful Mind (2001) review

Posted : 9 years ago on 16 September 2010 04:32

Splendid Movie! Jennifer Connelly, my favorite actress, gives a spectacular performance. Her freak-out scenes and lines were so well executed, a very convincing role. Russell Crowe is also excellent as Noble Prize winner John Nash. Ed Harris and Paul Bettany toywith Nash's mind and give a great performance. Fantastic movie overall. The drama catches you off-guard. I watch this movie all the time! I can't get enough of it! Go watch this masterpiece.


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Too bad it deviated so much from reality

Posted : 9 years, 9 months ago on 11 December 2009 02:16

I enjoyed the film when I first watched it. I was assuming that it was mostly based on reality.

I become disappointed after I read John Nash's Wikipedia entry

His wife divorced him in 1963. In 1970, they started living together again "in a nonromantic relationship that resembled that of two unrelated housemates". She referred to him as her "boarder" and said they lived "like two distantly related individuals under one roof".

Knowing this torpedoes so much of what was portrayed in the film that the film leaves now leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.


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you are all my reasons

Posted : 9 years, 9 months ago on 10 December 2009 07:08

"en iyi film dahil olmak uzere 4 dalda akademi odulu sahibi akil oyunlari, yonetmenligini akademi odullu Ron howard ve yapimciligini onun uzun zaman birlikte calistigi akademi odullu Brian grazer'in yaptigi, Russell crowe'un dahi matematikci john nash rolunde inanilmaz bir performans gosterdigi cok basarili bir yapit..john nash tam uluslararasi une kavusacakken, esrarengiz bir komploya kurban gider..artik ona bu guclu cesaret, tutku ve zafer hikayesinde sadece sadik esi (akademi odulu kazanan jennifer connelly) yardimci olabilecektir.."

Oyuncular: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Conelly, Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg, Juod Hirsch, Josh lucas, Anthony Rapp, ve Chrsitopher Plummer..
Beste: james jenk?ns
Goruntu yonetmeni: Rogers deak?ns
Yazar: Ak?va goldsman
Yonetmen: Ron howard

"yalniz yasayabilmek icin, hem tanri hem vahsi hayvan hem de filozof olmak gerekir."
diyen nietzsche?yi hakli çikaran bir film...
john forbes nash?in gercek hayatindan ilham alinarak yapilmis hikayede russel crowe, "ikinci el bilgilerle" yetinmeyen bir dehay? canlandiriyor: evreni yoneten yasalar ve matematik soz konusu oldugunda, once var olani seyrediyor, sonra gidip kendi teorisini kendisi kuruyor.
zeka ile delilik arasindaki ince cizgide gecen,russel crowe'un o surekli cozumsuz kaldigi anlardaki elini alnina goturmesi tiki, kendine ozgu ve universite ogrencilerince dalga gecilen yuruyusu, surekli basariya odakli hirsinin belki de kendini getirdigi sizofrenik durum veya bunun onunla bagdastirilmasi guzel islenmis..dahilik ile delilik arasindaki ince siniri gecmenin ve geri donmenin guzel hikayesi..

Sizofrenik sanrilardan kurtulmanin, modern psikiyatri tarafindan kabul gormus olan tedavilerin d?sinda bir yolu daha vardir: sanrilar icinde bir tek gercek ya da gercege aykiri bir tek ayrinti yakalamak. filmde john nash, "meleeche gercek olamaz, o hic buyumuyor" dediginde, gereksindigi o gercegi yakalamistir iste.
gerceginden suphe etmemek kendini fazla onemsemek degil de nedir? kendi gerceklerine bagimli olmak, baskalarini hice saymak degil de ne? bir an "o"nun hakli olabilecegini dusunmekle baslar hersey, bazen zarflar dolusudur gercek oldugunu sandigimiz gercek; ve onu yerine ulasmayan postalar olarak yollariz saga sola onlarin tek gercek olduguna inanarak; ta ki, biri cikip zarflarimizin her birini, postalanma sirasiyla bir posetten cikarip "bak, hicbiri acilmamis!" diyene kadar. kendini karsisindakinin yerine koyarak onun gercegini aramayi ustlenene duyulan askla baslar, "belki de o* haklidir" dusuncesi.
t?m denklemler askin sonsuz gucunu anlamak icin kurulur, der Nash. kimi (zaman) erkeklerin bunu anlamasi icin elli y?l sure ve bir nobel odulu gerekir.

senaryo olsun oyunculuk olsun tek kelimeyle muhtesem olan bir ba?yap?t.
en iyi sahneler;
-insulin sokunun verildigi sahne ( "su ana kadar ki tum yasadiklarinizin, hayallerinizin aslinda hic olmadigini dusunun. bu nasil bir cehennemdir?" )
-john evinde efendi efendi otururken birden tekrardan sifre çozmeye baslamasi ve akabinde cama ta? atilmasi..
-filmin sonunda masan?n ustunun kalemlerle doldugu sahne.
-filmin sonlar?na dogru bi ihtiyarin gelip john nash'la konusmaya kalkmasi ve john nash'?n ogrencisine "bu adami sizde goruyor musunuz?" diye soraraktan emin olmas?...gercekten filmde yer alan en akilda kalan sahnelerdendi.

"what truly is logic, who decides reason? my quest has taken me through the physical, the metaphysical, the delusional, and back. and i have made the most important discovery of my career, the most important discovery of my life. it is only in the mysterious equations of love that any logical reasons can be found. i am only here tonight because of you. you are all i am. you are all my reasons."

''what is more important than a beautiful mind is a beautiful heart.''


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Clássico

Posted : 10 years, 1 month ago on 22 August 2009 06:24

Lindo, lindo e lindo. Eu amo essa história, o desenrolar do filme foi surpreendente pra mim. A história é excelente, Russel Crowe está fantástico como sempre e a história envolve e toca muito. Pra mim, um clássico!


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A Beautiful Performance

Posted : 12 years, 10 months ago on 9 November 2006 06:57

It's amazing how a man with such a temper can turn in such professional performances like A Beautiful Mind. Russell Crowe played the role perfectly, drawing you into his character and the storyline with such a passion that the audience could truly understand the genius and mania that plagued the mind of John Nash.


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