Movie Review: IFC's The Man Who Knew Infinity





The Man Who Knew Infinity
Director: Matt Brown
Writers: Matt Brown, Robert Kanigel (Biography)
Starring: Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Stephen Fry, Toby Jones
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and smoking
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Growing up poor in Madras, India, Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar earns admittance to Cambridge University during WWI, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G.H. Hardy.

The story of a man who loved math more than anything in the world - except maybe his wife. A man who wanted to create a better living environment for his family, even if that meant going against the grain of his cultural beliefs. Being an Indian, Ramanujan was taught that going over seas was a bad thing, that it would then shun him from his life back home. But knowing he wants his mathematical theories to be published he follows his heart to make a better life for him and his wife.

A true story of conquering your fears and going for your dreams. I have never felt more inspired than I did after watching this film. We all have dreams, some of us go for them and others don't. Some try and fail and some try and succeed. If there's one thing this film taught me it's that we should always just go for it, jump in with both feet. If you don't, that's when you fail - that's when you fall down and have to get back up to try again.

I love Jeremy Irons. I really love him as Scar in The Lion King. So when he was talking for most of the film I was so happy. I could just imagine Scar sitting there telling me about his mathematical trials with this student Ramanujan.

Having a degree in Film gives me a certain set of eyes in which I see things. I take in more of what's around me and think of how one would put it into a film. This film encased beauty, and brought out the colors of the world to make viewers enjoy it. Now certain people might watch the film and not pay attention to this little detail, but honestly it's what draws them in. The rich colors of this world will captivate audiences and not let them go. They won't know what's got them, but they'll know that they enjoy it.



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