I wanted to respond to some comments that joker and yun-fat made about A Beautiful Mind
. I'm not going to go out on a limb and defend the film, mulling over it a little more, especially the ending, I have had to downgrade it a little, since the film sums itself up with a statement about love and human relationships, which is great, all fine and dandy sentiments, but I would have accepted the film's viewpoint more if we had actually seen how Alisha's love gave Nash the strength to pull himself together. But we don't see how, other than her refusal to have him committed out of faith in her husband, and she almost totally drops out of the picture (which I guess is needed since she divorced Nash during the period ellided in the movie).
But what I really want to discuss, without sounding like xerxes, is at what point do we have to consider the intended audience of the picture? For example, A Beautiful Mind
, while setting itself off as a serious movie dealing with serious issues (actually, I think that yun-fat is correct in calling it shallow but well crafted), it is not an art film, and has to be designed to be accessible to the widest possible audience. In terms of popular film, as opposed to art cinema or the avante-garde, I prefer getting my examination of serious "issues" through the entertainment of genre films instead of earnest, serious, middlebrow films, which I often find to be OK on some level, but less satisfying than a genre film or an outright art film.