The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016)
The Man Who Knew Infinity is the story of Indian native Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) who travels to England to study with Professor G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons) before World War I. Ramanujan was a mathematical genius who could see and solve equations without calculators, but it was his ability to create formulas that made him famous. Out of his element in England, Ramanujan had to overcome many obstacles, but through his friendship and collaboration with Hardy, he became one of the best mathematicians of his time.
The Man Who Knew Infinity is a biopic that is more about the characters than the story. Sure, Ramanujan was a genius, but it is hard to showcase that in a 2 hour movie, but what they can showcase was who he was as a person and how hard working he was. Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel carry this movie and allow the audience to relate and feel connected to these men. The movie is very touching and heartfelt and by the time I was done watching, I felt happy and sad all at the same time. I was surprised to feel the emotions I did.
As someone who enjoys mathematics, I was able to understand and follow the movie a little easier than most, but the movie is “dumbed down” enough for the lay person to keep up. This is actually my biggest complaint of the movie. As you watch it, you realize they can only go so deep into the mathematics before they will lose their audience. They have to keep it simple, but that makes the movie feel soft and light. There are only so many times that Jeremy Irons can tell Dev Patel that they need “proofs” to the formulas.
At the end of the day, I felt this movie shed light on a person that not many know about and did it in a way that will leave some people wanting to know more. The acting and personal connections are what keep this movie fresh and special and I would recommend this to anyone who likes biopics, mathematical history or the movie A Beautiful Mind. Co-starring Toby Jones, Stephen Fry, Jeremy Northam, Kevin McNally, Padraic Delaney, Richard Johnson, and Enzo Cilenti.
7/10 Stars – Touching true story of Srinivasa Ramanujan (English/Indian Mathematician) that is brought to life with solid performances by Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel.