A Beautiful Mind film paired with brain food


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Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly & Ed Harris

Rating 9/10


– John Nash (Crowe) is an awkward genius who has just started at the prestigious Princeton University. Within the group of fellow mathematicians, Nash is a little different, a little dorky. His only friend is his roommate Charles (Paul Bettany) who is the complete opposite who happens to like Nash. Go figure.
– Nash is searching for the one unique idea, so he ditches class and spends his days and nights writing mathematical equations on windows and finally, one day, he gets his one idea which leads to an awesome job which leads to work with the government which ultimately leads to a mental breakdown. In the meantime he has started a serious relationship with a gal called Alicia (Connelly) and they get married.
– But he’s eventually committed to a mental asylum where some shocking truths are revealed. Or are they? Then Alicia has a baby, Nash gets released and life starts getting funky again. I’m not going to spoil all the ‘surprises’ so let’s just say stuff happens, then stuff gets good, then bad then… um… just see the movie will yabra?


This film can mess with your mind (it’s THAT good) so the best thing to eat while watching it is, of course, brain food because you really don’t want to join Nash in his mental breakdown. So, to keep your mind alert and healthy here’s yummy, healthy entree: Asparagus and salmon spring rolls.


True stories make incredible films and this one is no different. A Beautiful Mind takes your heart, your perceptions, your mind and twists them around and around again. It uses beauty, pain and action to create an irresistible story that drags you in from the very beginning.

This is an exciting film. Oh my goodness, I had chills up and down my spine when things were revealed. Poor old Nash and his family and his brain. The screenplay was faultless, the acting superb and I reckon if Crowe hadn’t won the Best Actor Oscar for Gladiator the previous year, he would have definitely won for this performance. He was outstanding.

This is no sob story though. Awesome director, Ron Howard, has masterfully interwoven despair with joy, victory with failure in such a fulfilling way. I just felt full after watching this movie and the fact that it is based on a true story… say no more. If you haven’t seen it or if it’s been a while, check it out. It is worth watching again and again and again!

Main meal:

Two foods that are guaranteed to boost your brain power are Mango and turmeric and this amazing Curried Mango Chicken has both! I’m sure this film will inspire you to look after your good old brain, wrap it in cotton wool and keep it sane and with this recipe, you can’t fail. Enjoy!

Curried mango chicken

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A Beautiful Mind Trivia:

  • Budget – $60 Million
  • Tom Cruise was considered to play Nash.
  • The scene where Nash can’t decide whether to drink tea actually happened when Crowe met him. Nash took 15 minutest to decide and no, I don’t know if he drank it in the end.
  • Alicia Nash was originally from El Salvador so Howard considered having Salma Hayek play her.
  • The screenwriter (Akiva Goldsman) had loads of experience to offer the film as he had worked as a counsellor and had grown up in a group home for disturbed children that his parents established.
  • The maths advisor on the film also worked as Crowe’s hand double for the scenes where he writes on the windows.
  • There are several things that were left out of the film: Nash married Alicia twice, Nash had numerous affairs, he fathered a child in his 20s, he thought that aliens spoke to him, he thought the government was after him and he often made anti-Semitic comments when he was having a crazy moment.
Now this amazing dessert is not strictly healthy but it does have blueberries in it and these little purple balls of goodness have been dubbed a super-food which must be good for our brains, right? Well, even if it’s not 100% nutritious, enjoy it anyway with a generous dob of cream or ice cream as you follow poor old Nash’s sad demise. Try this beautiful Blueberry Skillet Cobbler recipe. Oh my!
Blueberry Skillet Cobbler
Are you a health nut? Or do you choose taste over nutrition?
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