I would say that I consider myself to be a fan of Ron Howard's films (with the exception of "In the Heart of the Sea", which was disappointing, to say the least). That being said, I was excited when "A Beautiful Mind" was chosen as the film that we were watching in one of my classes tonight, it being one of my favorites and me having not seen it in a few years.
The acting in the film is very obviously phenomenal. Russell Crowe does a very good job as the protagonist, capturing a character that the audience roots for despite some things that might make the audience think otherwise. Jennifer Connelly also did an amazing job in her role, delivering one of the best crying scenes of recent memory. Paul Bettany, Ed Harris, and Christopher Meloni are also exceptionally good in their supporting roles.
Since I have seen this before, I knew what happened, but without prior knowledge of the true story or having seen it before, the film was so well written that it was difficult to predict the plot twist. The film was also well-written in the regard that it had me laughing, sad, and on the edge of my seat, all in rapid succession without feeling rushed at all. The only thing that I didn't really like about the script is that it skipped long periods of time, so I felt that I was missing part of the story.
So overall, "A Beautiful Mind" is very well-made and very enjoyable film. You should definitely check it out.
A Beautiful Mind
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray in a class.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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