Heart, perseverance and strength are the key elements that make up the core of the new film, “The Man Who Knew Infinity.” This drama takes the audience on a remarkable journey, showing no matter where you come from or the obstacles you face, nothing is impossible.
This film takes place in 1914 and tells the story of self-taught mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), who later becomes a pioneer in the mathematics world. Ramanujan lived in poverty in Madras, India. He goes from person to person to show them his work in mathematics. After being rejected again and again, he takes a job working a clerk. In a last effort to have his work understood, he writes to Trinity College Professor G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons) in England. After reading Ramanujan’s letter, and looking at the samples of his work enclosed with the letter, Hardy invites Ramanujan to attend the college. Together, they try to have Ramanujan’s work published for the world to see.
During the last few years, there have been several biopics that have worked to draw people to the theater by producing slick trailers, which highlight a few dramatic moments. However, when viewed, the audience is left with impression that is completely different. Films like “Walk the Line,” “The Fighter” and “Money Ball” use witty dialogue and creatively edited scenes to move their story along.
“The Man Who Knew Infinity” left me with more of an honest impression. The movie seemed to focus more on telling the story rather than having the director put his own spin on it. That was very refreshing.
One scene that demonstrates this is when Ramanujan is explaining his love of numbers to his wife. As they are walking along a road, he stops and picks up a handful of sand. Looking at the sand as it escapes through his fingers, Ramanujan says to his wife, “Imagine if we could look so closely we could see each grain, each particle. You see there are patterns in everything.”
While the story is compelling, it did seem a little rushed. The story featured many characters, but not enough time was given for the audience to get to know them and make a connection. Some of these characters were keys in moving the story along, but as quickly as they appeared on screen, they were gone.
There are not a lot of movies out in theaters currently that are memorable, but “The Man Who Knew Infinity” gives the audience a great story and a desire to learn more about the contributions Ramanujan made to the field of mathematics. However it is sad to say that when a gem like this is produced, it is as a limited release. The only theaters showing the film are the Angelika Film Center, located at 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane; Cinemark Tinseltown Grapevine and XD, located at 911 State Highway 114 W. in Grapevine; and AMC Grapevine Mills 30, located at 3150 Grapevine Mills Parkway in Grapevine.
“The Man Who Knew Infinity” is rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and smoking and runs 108 minutes.
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