Aroview: This ‘true story’ of mental illness in academia is the kind of earnest gloss that’s tailor made for the ‘Academy’, but its Oscar glory for Best Picture and Director rings kind of hollow when the film’s lynchpin, Russell Crowe, missed out for Best Actor.
He plays John Nash, a socially inept but gifted mathematics professor who suffered a life of schizophrenic delusions in the thick of McCarthy-era paranoia, but endured to eventually win a Nobel Prize. Recuperates after a flat first hour, yet despite the central performance and the high production values, this is no less simplistic than the average TV biopic.
2 stars (Good Try) The director is the first warning sign of the treatment this "biography" will receive. 2nd is Crowe - Howard describes him as charismatic but he didn't say which part of him he was referring to. Crowe is out of his depth & his melodramatics are comical~tubbs