• Guy Jeffries

The Man Who Knew Infinity Review


Director: Matt Brown.

Starring: Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Toby Jones, Devika Bhise, Stephen Fry.

Quite a quiet entry for 2016 and little is known about the people behind this movie. Possibly Director Matt Brown's first major feature film. Definitely the major breakthrough he deserves. I get the feeling the stars wanted to be part of this as oppose to being casted. It's did really well at the film festivals across the globe. Slumdog Millionaire Dev Patel plays, not just any know-it-all genius this time, but the incredible, tragic, mathematician Ramanujan (I can't pronounce his first name Srinivasa) who contributed extraordinary discoveries to the world of mathematics. He's the genius they reference in Good Will Hunting. Patel is brilliant giving his usual iconic dumbfounded express to brilliance. Though this isn't any Will Hunting or John Nash (A Beautiful Mind) Even though Irons and Marvel's Dr. Zola, Toby Jones play other key great fellows of the Royal Society, Hardy and Littlewood; we can't really comment on how accurate they play their parts. But they're believable and Irons unsurprisingly delivers especially at the end. There was a danger the film was becoming more about Hardy than Ramanujan but actually, looking back on it, it's more about Ramanujan and centred greatly around their struggling relationship. The film introduces Devika Bhise who reminds me a lot of Rosario Dawson, and even though she is good I'm not sure it's enough to launch her career. I thought the mother was also very good. The film is full was excellent performances, conveying the characters very well even in the little scenes they share. The locations look very impressive and I don't doubt they're all filmed on location at Trinity College, Cambridge and even Ramanujan's home in Madras. Though there is nothing to confirm this. It's an interesting score as well, that's transforms from something like Talvin Singh in the beginning to something more classically European by the end. No one is solely credited for the score but it seems it was a collaboration. It's a good film though nothing really original done here but it's a good tribute to Ramanujan with an inspiring script. A good film for biopics fans.

Running Time: 8

The Cast: 8

Performance: 9

Direction: 7

Story: 8

Script: 7

Creativity: 6

Soundtrack: 6

Job Description: 10

The Extra Bonus Point: 0

69% 7/10

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