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150 of 159 people found the following review helpful.
A film for intelligent people
By A. Simon
The life of Ramunajan is legendary. A dirt poor, young mathematical savant in Madras, he became obsessed and master of mathematics. He sent some of his work to British mathematicians and one of them, Hardy, brought him to Cambridge, where some discipline was instilled in the young Indian.
Patel is an excellent Ramunajan as is Iron an excellent Hardy (actually, the whole cast is great). The movie emphasizes Hardy's insistence that Ramunajan offer proofs for his theorems, i.e., deductive reasoning, instead of just relying on intuition in order to get formally published in reputable journals. Although I give it a solid five stars, I have two major irritations with the movie. First, Ramunajan's early failure at university and his discovery of a mathematical book (which sparked a frenzy of work) is ignored. Second, equally ignored, is that when he returned to India, he was greeted as a hero, and, was given a professorship at the university. In the movie, one gets the impression that he simply went back to square one and poverty. Very irritating. Otherwise, a good, intelligent movie.
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful.
By Michael T. Feeney
As the review Kevin McCarthy would say...'Nerd Tears'. Yes I'm afraid so. Just can't help it. Just shows you how great the acting is in this true story. I'm sure it not everyone's cup of tea but you have to admire directors and actors that recreate real persons make you care for their lives in 120 minutes or so. In or out of India Dev Patel pulls you in in every performance. Jeremy Irons I have always liked but was never an actor I always looked for, now I will.
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an impressionistic film of the Hardy-Ramanujan collaboration
By Michael George
This film is intended to give us an impressionistic perspective on the brief period of time (in Ramanujan's all too brief life) when he was "discovered" and collaborated with the great mathematician G. H. Hardy. Of course, we know that Ramanujan had a world-shattering genius surpassing Hardy's, at least in Hardy's estimation, but this was, nonetheless, one of the stellar collaborations in mathematics during the twentieth century. It's setting, too, was world-shattering, the Great War in Europe, WWI. It is, in essence, a good period in these outstanding mathematician's lives for an impressionistic film to be of value. The mathematicians Ramanujan and Hardy are displayed a bit stereotypically, but the movie is nonetheless of interest for anyone who is at least a little familiar with the history of mathematics during the twentieth century. Re-creating the atmosphere of the times, and the truly fine performances of the two actors in the role of Hardy and Ramanujan, makes this a powerful film worth seeing.