A Beautiful Mind (2001) (mini-review++)


(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

The mini-review:

A Beautiful Mind

acting 8

directing 7

writing 6

effects 7

editing 7

SW score: 35

3.3 out of 5 octopi

++ Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly at the height of their powers and fame buttress this Hollywood archetype: the biopic. You take a famous scientist or other general nerd profession and you show them being bullied by other nerds and then they get the girl and because of her brains and support, he triumphs over adversity and shakes the foundations of his discipline. I’m not trying to be a dick but it’s one of the more formulaic paint by numbers stories. Every audience member knows how this movie is going to end but I suppose that does not really matter. It’s the journey, right?  Giving fair time to his mental health struggles was as far as they could go and it was a good thing. But Ron Howard and the other decision-makers on this flick “straight washed” important aspects of John Nash’s life. But it was a different era. It was seen as a box office liability to expose the full nuance of a person by honestly exploring their sexuality. But, happily, that exploration would now be seen as a positive; a more full examination of a mind.





(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

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