When and how did I watch this?
January 29th, 2016, on a friend’s PLEX account.
Had I seen this film already?
What did I know about the movie before watching it?
It’s one of my mom’s favorites, and it stars Russell Crowe. That’s it. I probably should’ve known more about it.
What do I know about it now?
It’s a well-put together film, but nothing particularly stunning to me. I enjoyed the story of this man, but what really jutted out at me was Crowe’s performance — he was at his best, coming off of another Oscar nomination (Gladiator). The film itself seemed like a tamer version of Shutter Island, but equally painful in terms of revealing an innocent, brilliant, deteriorating mind to a vulnerable audience. Ed Harris was excellent as well.
What are some themes in the film?
Schizophrenia, academia, mathematics, marriage, friendship
Did this affect me personally?
Yes. I had a grandmother who underwent shock therapy as well. Although I wasn’t alive to see its effects, it’s refreshing to know, in contrast to what happened to Nash (Crowe), that medicine has come a long way in treating mental illness.
Why is this ranked #148?
It has a loaded cast and production crew, along with featuring a multi-Oscar winning composer (Horner). It hogged the Oscars, and it’s an unforgettable story. The climax is moving. It’s a nice ranking for this film.
Did my wife watch/like it?
She watched it with me and enjoyed it more than I did. I think I ruined it for myself by spotting cliches. She doesn’t have that problem.
Would I watch it again?
Yeah. It’s a refreshing film.
Would I recommend it to a friend?
Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?
I think so. There’s nothing that says otherwise. Perhaps I’m getting caught up in expecting each entry on this list to be an earth-shattering, suspenseful, memorable film. While A Beautiful Mind wasn’t really any of this, it has those elements required on the list: a compact, compelling story, excellent cinematography, sound acting, and, once again, it doesn’t waste time.