Thursday, June 2, 2016

Jason Watches THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY

The story of Srinivasa Ramanujan, the self-trained Indian mathematician who was supposedly "personal friends" with ever positive integer. Dev Patel does a fine job, alongside such British iconic actors as Jeremy Irons, Toby Jones, and Stephen Fry (among others.) And his life story is certainly an interesting one. A powerful mind, intuitive with numbers, but died way too young of tuberculosis. They movie has a lot of interesting parts to it, and the acting was great, but I don't think the filmmakers ever decided what exactly it was about. Was it about the mathematics? Well...no...it's there, but a movie that explored the mathematics more would've appealed to a very limited audience. Was it about his marriage? Now there's an interesting story (I don't know how true it is) where he went overseas to work at King's College leaving his wife behind, and his mother interfered with their communications. But that part is badly underdeveloped and often forgotten entirely for long stretches. Is it about his relationship with his mentor and ultimately friend G. H. Hardy? Mostly, but it doesn't commit fully to it. Is it about racism in WWI-era England? Partly, but again underdeveloped. I don't know, maybe he's just a man who lived so much in his brief years (less than 33) that it's impossible to focus on just one thing.

Running Time: 108 minutes
My Total Minutes: 429,430
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