Eddie Marsan

'A Brilliant Young Mind' adds up to something special

'A Brilliant Young Mind' adds up to something special

"A Brilliant Young Mind" is not the film you think it is. It's better.

Yes, this story of the emotional complexities faced by a teenage math prodigy (Asa Butterfield, ably supported by top British actors Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan) is the accessible, affecting coming-of-age narrative you expect it to be. But it is something more as well.

The dramatic directing debut of veteran British documentarian Morgan Matthews, "A Brilliant Young Mind" doesn't fit into any familiar inspirational box. Many of its characters are complex, contrary individuals who are not even close to being comfortable in their own skins, and this film refuses to...

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