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A Beautiful Mind /

Rated: PG-13
Starring: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Adam Goldberg, Paul Bettany
Directed by: Ron Howard
Produced by: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard
Written by: Akiva Goldsman, Sylvia Nasar

Distributor: Universal Pictures


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     A Beautiful Mind was solely hold together by Crowe. This movie is what it is because of him. He was the one who made it good, and to hire anyone else would be foolish. Sure, Ed Harris and Jennifer Connelly were great but, Russell the one who made this film work. I don't normally blame a movies success, or unsuccess, on one performance alone; but in this case there is need to. Denzel Washington robbed Crowe of his hard-worked and well deserves "Best Actor" Oscar. Denzel was good, except Training Day doesn't nearly match up to A Beautiful Mind. In my opinion, Crowe definitely should've taken the title.


     This film is what filmmaking is all about. Ron Howard's idealized visions incorporated with with Nashs' not so ideal life were the perfect creation, and go along perfectly with the script. Howard made one of the rare "needle in a haystack" type flicks. Unlike Crowe, he did win the Oscar for "Best Direction", and I am pleased for this. He was unbelievably talented in this case.


     Jennifer Connelly was great, but not groundbreaking. She played a solid Alicia Nash. I don't know how she won the Academy award for "Best Supporting Actress," though. She was deserving, but I would've either picked Maggie Smith in Gosford Park or Marissa Tomei in In The Bedroom if I were a member of the Academy. She was good, but not Oscar deserving. This is not to "diss" or "betray" the best film of 2001, but rather to pick up on its cons, as well as the pros.


      I loved the cinematography in the film, surprisingly. The way they did the camera was intricately immaculate. The view of the Princeton campus represents life there well. I felt like right next to Nash in several scenes. Howard's wonderful perspective painted a very clear picture in my head of what his life was like back then.


     A Beautiful Mind was the best movie of 2001. It fully deserved the "Best Picture" award it won at the Oscars. Russell Crowe's performance was an astronomical achievement and Ron Howard's direction speaks for itself. This will adored by fans of the cast and crew, as well as many others. Nash's story clocks in as one of the most interesting put to film I've seen in a long time.


-Danny, Bucket Reviews


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