A Beautiful Mind

An extremely fascinating and inspiring journey of a young scholar from Bluefield, West Virginia, United States. “A Beautiful Mind” is an American biographical drama film based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in economics and a math prodigy.

The film is well-directed in and of itself, but the plot is what drew me in the most. It begins with John’s graduation days in Princeton University and proceeds to his wanderings in his research about some particular intriguing areas. John Nash was bright, but others found his anti-social conduct repulsive. Even the colleagues who found him annoying couldn’t deny he was going to make a name for himself. Nash loved to spend his time alone with his ideas, which consisted largely of visualizing mathematical formulas linked with ordinary events. Charles, his roommate at Princeton, and Alicia Larde, one of his pupils at M.I.T. in the early 1950s, were two persons with whom he struck up a friendship. John Nash eventually married Alicia Larde.

Nash’s mental health rapidly deteriorates. He develops hallucinations, perceiving patterns in everyday events and believing he is getting signals from foreign governments and aliens. He begins sending incoherent letters to international authorities, talking about world governance and risks to world peace. Tragically, his conduct became increasingly unpredictable and compulsive just as his career was taking off. After being diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia, his life started crumbling down around him. Alicia, John’s wife stands by his side, helping him to recover.