A Beautiful Mind's John Nash

Chris Suellentrop: “A few things in the movie, of course, are just plain wrong—characters and scenes are compressed, events prettied up—but the fudges are mostly forgivable, given the difficulty of whittling a nearly 400-page book into a two-hour biopic.”

A Beautiful Mind was a really good movie, primarily because I identified with the social awkwardness of Nash (but not the genius nor the dementia), and was intrigued by his wife (or at least the movie's version). Roger Ebert said “is attracted to his genius, is touched by his loneliness, is able to accept his idea of courtship when he informs her, 'Ritual requires we proceed with a number of platonic activities before we have sex.'” Not that women like these are numerous by any means (and not that women would give a man who uses the type of come-ons that Nash used in the movie), but I buy the fact that this can be a reason for a woman to be attracted to a man like Nash.

The article fills in the important blanks of the movie in brief form, saving us from having to read the book on which the movie was based.