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The Man Who Knew Infinity Review (2015)

The Man Who Knew Infinity is a good biopic, not the greatest of ones, but does ample justice to the prodigy.


I remember reading an extraordinary account of Ramanujan from Hardy’s pages back in school, where he subtly described the genius he was and the valuable contribution he made to the Mathematical society. I distinctly remember G.H. Hardy’s thoughts what Ramanujan meant to him, and how impactful was the polymath to his life. Their friendship could be read through those pages I had the good hap of reading.

With that memory stick I went ambling to the theatres to see The Man Who Knew Infinity. To begin with the direction I must say, Matt Brown has a lot of ground to cover. You could see his inexperience through the way he chops off a frame. It leaves you almost baffled. He doesn’t concentrate much on the crucial elements that needs depicting but rather fleets from one cloud to another with a skittish head. There is no subtlety to his frames.


The music in the movie doesn’t complement his work either. It is not at all powerful, and doesn’t ever reach a theatrical level at any juncture. Speaking of theatrics, there is none in the movie. So you can expect a very bland and insipid way of storytelling that will make you averse to the Ramanujan way of living almost instantly.


Despite all of the above, what tries to uplift The Man Who Knew Infinity? Who works the best? Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel hands down. Their acting prowess is a joy to watch. Au contraire, some actors we meet in the beginning are really pathetic in the acting department, exacerbated further by Brown’s direction. But then gradually the biopic picks up its pace and we see Jeremy Irons on a roll. His speeches are intelligently carved, and his reckless yet powerful voice does justice to all of them. Toby Jones as Littlewood was a pleasant genial companion. Jeremy Northam does a great Bertrand Russell as well.


The story doesn’t digress from the original which was a good thing. The number 1729 isn’t missed either. The setup however gets a little bit morphed there, but we can understand that was done for emphasis. The drama isn’t the touching kind.


It is unfortunate what happens to great men. S. Ramanujan couldn’t escape life’s unpredictable warps either, and ended up disappearing in a dire mist.

At the end I feel his life needs to be glorified a bit more. There was little we saw of his origins, and his progression towards his virtuoso which is a key factor into moulding a prodigy-biopic.

What Matt did with The Man Who Knew Infinity was good but what Ramanujan deserves is the best.

It Follows Review (2014)

No matter how far you go or how far you run, it follows. But just remember – it simply walks to you. So your best shot is to keep running. That or you could pass it on.

David Robert Mitchell’s horror tale is a perfectly written thriller buffed up quite beautifully by brilliant actors like Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Lili Sepe, Olivia Luccardi and Daniel Zovatto. The background score is simply outstanding and it gives an enthralling charm to the theme of the movie. Frequently used high notes that get exscinded often for emphasis complement the enactments quite impeccably.

Direction is simply outstanding. David chooses subtle ways to depict the mundane, like not for a second does he waste his frames on the protagonist’s family. Occasionally he would insinuate family members through photo frames, mirrored reflections, and blurred eyes, but he would never actually bring them into the vanguard for focus. David depicts how estranged one’s family becomes at a certain age, and manifests how they levitate in the background of a teenager’s life. His incessant single takes are top-notch. The rotating camera technique, the rear window view to capture crucial moments and the constant follow-through are a delight to watch.

One of the most wonderful things about the flick is that people close to the protagonist don’t simply pass into the oblivion. Unlike clichéd horror movies, they don’t become victims. They impart meaning to the word “friendship” by sticking together no matter what and by trying to overcome a problem at hand with pluck. Jay’s keen eye is captured marvellously as she watches trees, insects, shrubs, everything that brings her closer to nature. Societal imprints too are caught through the eyes of strangers in an exceptional way.

Screenplay is also very well written. The movie carries a brilliant gravity throughout its runtime which is furbished quite nicely by the occasional bad ass score that elevates the entire movie-viewing experience.

The flick ends abruptly at a high note that leaves the audience brooding. The closure is open to interpretation which deliberately forces your thoughts towards what’s impending.

An exceptional movie! But I am afraid, not for everybody. I am saying this because those who came in for a horror punch seemed disappointed and duped.