A Review of Row Howard`s Film A Beautiful Mind

A Review of Row Howard`s Film A Beautiful Mind


AReview of Row Howard’s Film: A Beautiful Mind


A Review of Row Howard’s Film: A Beautiful Mind

Row Howard’s A Beautiful Mind is a typical education filmthat accurately and sensitively portrays the clinical course ofpsychosis by demonstrating various themes linked to despair, theyimplication, symptoms and hope for remission. The award-winning filmis about a brilliant mathematician named John Forbes, who succumbs toschizophrenia at the top of his academic career at PrincetonUniversity. Nash begun his career, when he attain doctorate inmathematics at an age of 22, as an instructor at Princeton for ashort time then a lecture at M.I.T. his research led him to invent arevolutionary theory concerning cooperation and conflict “The NashEquilibrium” which international recognized in the field ofeconomic. The audience follow Nash from the moment he begins theprestigious community of Princeton at the welcoming ceremony where heand his peers face various challenges in becoming mathematician, anddevelop new concepts for the advancement of the country. The settingof the film was during the Cold Wars between U.S and Russia with eachtrying to become a superpower. The film directs the audience tobelieve that the ‘great minds’ of the mathematicians would carrythat out. The audience in the film is led to Nash’s journey fromPrinceton to his marriage to Alicia and the sudden decline of hislife due to schizophrenia and his victorious return to life. AlthoughNash had won the Nobel Prize as part of his victory, he had to learnto live with the darkest part of his delusionary mind.

The director of thisfilm explicitly blends in diegetic and non-diegetic sounds to thenarrative the story of Nash`s progression from genius to paranoia tothe determination. The director’s score contains a complex rhythmsand layers of instrumentation, all functioning to deliver thecomplexity of the character and the mood of his abstract world asNash performs his job as a code breaker. The director of the film hasalso considered the synchronization of the sound by aligning thevisual and adios portion if the film so that both the sound and videoare heard and seen simultaneously. This ensures a great sense ofcontinuity and emotion as the film progresses. The cinematography inthe film function is used in such a way to support and enhance thenarrative form. The director of the film greatly relies oncinematography, symmetrically frame as well as a compositionalbalance to define the audience expectation about where the criticalaction will be situated in the film. Elements of cinematography alsosupport Nash, the main character, whose world appears to be narrowingon him as a consequence of schizophrenia.

The sad part of thefilms is the peak of Nash’s life when he is in love with abeautiful intelligence woman with a baby son. his successful life isshortened by a progressively serious hallucinations as he enters thedarkest phase of schizophrenia. his mind is entangled with delusionalfigures that intimidate him into accepting to work for a secretmission to save his country from the Russians. Vigilance and terrorhave kidnaped his mind as a result of hallucinations that the Russianwill kill him and his family. After Nash becomes psychotic, his wifecommitted him to a psychiatric hospital where he was administered toinclude shock therapy. Nash’s life is embarked on a journey ofremission through insulin shock therapy, medication, support from hiswife, a psychiatrist as well as the community. The course of thesickness is marked with torment, stability, for him and Alicia. Atthe bottom point of his life, the audience see Nash walking thecorridors of the University, presenting with negative symptoms,dressed in unmatched style, impoverished, flat affect, scribbling andsearching for unknown numbers, delusional, laughing at the walkingstyles of new students. The support for the community as well as hiswife appear to have sustained his engagement and provided a purposefor living.

Like the namesuggest, the film I about A Beautiful Mind that can beafflicted by a devastating sickness. Schizophrenia can affect anyindividual. Although the disease has a cure, it can be managedeffectively with therapy, medication and support from family andfriends. The remarkable narrative of Nash provides motivation topeople with such illness. People with Schizophrenia suffer fromdelusions which result to impaired lives. Nash is lucky to have sucha supporting family and friends who have stood by him during histormenting period thereby availing a safe space out of which he couldlead a functional and purposeful life.

A Beautiful Mindis a definite watch for those people interested in healthmanagement of cognitive impairment. the film will motivate theseviews into believing that anything extraordinary is possible despitethe heart-wrenching torments experienced by the family as the illnessbegins to affect their own functionality. A Beautiful Mind seemsto represent the symptomatology of schizophrenia as close to realityas possible.

Scale of 1-5: 4.5


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Howard, R. (Director). (2001). A Beautiful Mind [Video file].Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFG3cdiF9sk