User Reviews: The Man Who Knew Infinity

We have something very different for members today with the opportunity to head out and see a new release movie in the cinema before coming back and leaving a review for us.

The Man Who Knew Infinity is based on the incredible 1991 biography by Robert Kanigal. It tells the amazing true story of self-taught mathematical genius, Srinivasa Ramanujan.

Some fantastic names in the acting world have lent their talents to this film with Dev Patel playing Ramanujan, Jeremy Irons as Professor G. H. Hardy, Toby Jones as John Edensor Littlewood and Stephen Fry as Sir Francis Spring.

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The Man Who Knew Infinity is a fim that explores the the brilliance of a man many believe could decipher the very fabric of the universe and possibly existence itself. Driven by his destiny for a greater calling, Ramanujan’s life was turned upside down when Cambridge professor G.H. Hardy discovered his talents and plucked him from obscurity in his homeland of India. The pair would go on to become unlikely friends and make up one of history’s most bewildering and productive collaborations, working on the most complex problems known to man, with much of his works still relevant in maths and science today.

The Man Who Knew Infinity will be showing in the following cinemas starting on May 5!

NSW

  • Dendy Opera Quays
  • Dendy Newtown
  • Event George Street
  • Event Mega Castle Hill
  • Event Mega Macquarie
  • Event Hornsby
  • Event Glendale
  • Event Cronulla
  • Event Tower Cinemas Newcastle
  • Hoyts Chatswood Westfield
  • Hoyts Wetherill Park
  • Hoyts Erina
  • Warriewood
  • Auburn
  • Palace Norton Street
  • Palace Verona
  • Cremorne Orpheum
  • Nowra Roxy
  • Ettalong
  • Warrawong
  • Avoca
  • Boolaroo
  • Glenbrook

VIC

  • Hoyts Highpoint
  • Hoyts Watergardens
  • Epping
  • Waurn Ponds
  • Dandenong
  • Village Sunshine
  • Village Knox
  • Village Southland
  • Village Rivoli
  • Dendy Brighton
  • Balwyn
  • Kino
  • Cinema Como
  • Westgarth Theatre
  • Cinema Nova
  • Sun Pics Yarraville
  • Classic Elsternwick
  • Belgrave Cameo
  • Lido
  • Ballarat
  • Waverly Pinewood
  • Croydon

TAS

  • Hobart State

QLD

  • Dendy Portside
  • Event Chermside
  • Event Indooroopilly
  • Event Mt Gravatt (Garden City)
  • Event Maroochydore
  • Event Toowoo Strand
  • Hoyts Stafford City
  • Harbour Town
  • Palace Barracks
  • Victoria Point
  • Balmoral Cineplex
  • Redbank
  • New Farm
  • Graceville Twin
  • Bundaberg Moncreif
  • Charters Towers World

ACT

  • Dendy Canberra
  • Event Canberra Manuka
  • Hoyts Belconnen
  • Palace Canberra Electric

SA

  • Event Megaplex Marion
  • Hoyts Norwood
  • Palace Nova Eastend
  • Trak Cinema
  • Wallis Mt Barker
  • Wallis Mitcham

WA

  • Event Megaplex Innaloo
  • Hoyts Carousel
  • Hoyts Southland
  • Belmont
  • Como Gygnet
  • Luna Leederville
  • Luna Essex St

5 of our lucky members will receive a double pass to check out the movie in a cinema near them, I look forward to reading what they thought in the comments section below.

11 thoughts on “User Reviews: The Man Who Knew Infinity

  1. I would love to see it but there appears to be nowhere out north to View it.

    Good luck to you lucky people to get to view it.

  2. The Man Who Knew Infinity is a film where the numbers don’t quite add up. This is a biopic about a genius mathematician set in picturesque Cambridge in 1914 and boasts a stellar cast (including Stephen Fry). But the sum total isn’t greater than the individual parts for this drama. The film is ultimately a solid one but you can’t help but feel like its subject deserved a whole lot more, especially in respect to creativity and uniqueness.

    Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) stars in his most serious role to date as Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar, a poor Hindu man who has a brilliant gift with respect to pure mathematics. He is newly married but he has trouble caring for his beautiful wife (Devika Bhise in a very thin role) and his controlling mother (Arundathi Nag). Ramanujan is convinced by a friend (Dhritiman Chatterjee) to send his work to some academics in Cambridge and what follows is an inspirational, fish-out-of-water tale.

    The man responsible for bringing Ramanujan to Cambridge is G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons). The pair become good friends, despite their differences. Hardy lives up to his name and is a logical atheist while Ramanujan’s work is based on a lot of intuition and divine inspiration, as he is a devout Hindu. Over five years Ramanujan is subjected to racism and discrimination while staying at Cambridge but he also proves to be an excellent collaborator with Hardy.

    Ramanujan is doggedly determined to complete his formulae and theories. The film doesn’t always give full credit to this man as often the mathematical feats are merely implied. And it is only at the end of the feature that the viewers learn how Ramanujan’s work continues to make waves because it is now being used by people to study and learn about black holes.

    The Man Who Knew Infinity is a moving and feel-good story but it is also a tad too slow and nuanced for its own good. The film is not immune to some historical inaccuracies and hagiography (Ramanujan’s wife was only a child when they were married and this is not depicted in the film). In all, this is an extraordinary story that is told in a rather ordinary way and it could have been so much more thanks to its great performances and the intriguing man who is the subject.

  3. I was admittedly a little aprehensive about this story line and thought that it may have been out of my depths. How wrong I was.
    This is a beautifully sad story of an Indian mathematical genius that really knew he had something brilliant to offer the world and he didnt stop until someone really took notice of him. It was almost at the cost of his marriage, but ultimately the cost of his health.
    This movie follows the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan from the slums of Madras to the heights of Englands genius elite crowd.
    He has no official schooling but has a thirst for getting his knowledge out to the world. He travels from India to England and just wants his theories published, well he goes to hell and back trying to make that happen. He has promised his wife that he will write to her when he is ready for her to come to England but his nasty mother keeps all the letters from his wife to him, so he thinks she has forgotten about him, and vice versa. He comes down with Tuberculosis from lack of food, (as it is war time and everything is rationed), and he doesnt ever fully recover.
    He keeps getting told that they need the proof for his work but he just has it come up in his head. He works and works so hard to give these men what they need and there is finally a break through after five years and his break out of TB. He actually gets a Royal Fellowship and is recognised by the university for his theories. Now that his dream has come true he returns home and mends the rift with his wife, only to die a year later from the TB.
    This was a most heartfelt and heartbreaking story, both my mum and I cried.
    Thank you for the opportunity to be enlightened with some very interesting history.

  4. Thank you so much for the opportunity to view this film. I went in not knowing anything much about it aside from the fact that it was about an Indian Mathemetician, so I took my husband who loves anything to do with numbers along as well.

    It is set in 1913 onwards and tells the story of Srinivasa Ramanujan, who is a young man living in India with his newly married wife and his mother. They live in poor conditions and he has a gifted mind when it comes to mathematics. He eventually gains employment as a clerk locally and is amazing with his skill and not needing to use an abacus to add figures, he says that it is quicker in his mind. His employer has contacts in England and writes to them about him. They agree to bring him to England which is quite unheard of for its time.

    Jeremy Irons plays Professor Hardy who takes him under his wing. It is a strange country, with no catering for a vegetarian and quite racist as well. However he does eventually adjust to the life and sets out to prove his theory’s.

    There are several storylines going on here, firstly about Srinivasa, and also about his wife, who remained back in Madras. She is illiterate and has to get someone else to write to him on her behalf as she misses him so much.

    There is also his mother, who fears he will never return.

    I will not give away too much more about the plotline here, but I can honestly say it was a most enjoyable, clever and enlightening movie.

    Dev Patel was excellent in the lead role, and there was also a cameo by Stephen Fry.

    Do yourself a favour and see this movie, but take the tissues too!

  5. The best way to describe “The Man Who knew Infinity” is “inspiring”.

    The movie starts out with 20-something unemployed Indian S Ramanujan struggling to find someone to pay attention to his mathematical theorems. He eventually comes across an Indian manager who offers him a job as an accounts clerk & so begins his journey from Madras to Trinity College in Cambridge, England.

    There he meets surly professor Hardy who, along with his colleague Littlewood, teaches Ramanjuan how to get his theorems published and be taken seriously in a somewhat racist and old school pre-first-world war England.

    It is hard watching Ramanjuan missing his family and young bride back in Madras but his unwavering belief that he is onto something ground-breaking makes his journey seem almost necessary, even if it’s at the expense of his personal relationships.

    I really enjoyed watching the mentorship/friendship develop between Professor Hardy & Ramanjuan, each learning that despite their beliefs (or lack thereof) we are all part of a greater plan, that some things in life, like intuition, faith and love, can never be explained or measured in mathematical terms. They are unquantifiable.

    As a numbers girl ( I’m an accountant) I loved this movie. And as a human being with a heart and soul, I loved it even more.

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