Since we were so disgusted with the Rangers’ play last night, we put in Ron Howard’s brilliant film, A Beautiful Mind for our evening’s entertainment. This film won a number of Oscars this year, including Best Director, for Opie; Best Supporting Actress, for Jennifer Connelley; and Best Picture.
Let me just say that all of those Oscars were deserved, and this is coming from someone who felt The Lord of the Rings was screwed.
However, one of the most important Oscars was wrongly given to Denzel Washington. Russell Crowe continues to show why he is one of the best actors in films. He brought the role of John Nash to life in such amazing detail that I forgot it was Crowe. This truly is a tour de force performance, and I can’t recommend this film highly enough to people.
Ron Howard was faced with a monumental task in the direction of this film: how do you make math and cryptography interesting? By nature, these processes are internal, yet he succeeded in this task with brilliance. The scenes where you see Nash lose himself in cryptography are breathtaking, something I didn’t think possible.
(As an aside, I hope that if and when Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon is filmed, it gets the same loving treatment as this film received.)
On the scale of 1-5, this film rates a 5. You won’t be sorry you watched this film.