Infinity
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  • Good Story
    As noted elsewhere, this is a love story about Dick and Arlene Feynman. It doesn't have much in it about the famous antics of one of the most human and personable physicists ever. More's the pity. It's a good film, but it leaves room for several future movies that incorporate all the stories that he left us....more info
  • Enchanting
    I totally agree with one of the reviewers who says that this movie 'aims low but manages to score high'. I am a long time Feynman fan, just like many others, and I don't frankly think anyone could ever capture the essence of Richard Feynman on screen...except Feynman himself! But I think this movie does a brilliant job at portraying the emotional side of Feynman, through his relationship with Arline, his high school sweetheart. The story is very touching, as narrated by Feynman himself in 'What do you care what other people think!' It was a real tragedy she passed away early, as they were a perfect couple. The movie does manage to capture the sentimental value of that wonderful time which the two shared. About the performances, I do not think that Matt Broderick does a great impersonation of Feynman. But then, maybe no one can. On the other hand, Matt Broderick brings out the sincerity and honesty of the man to the greatest extent. He is perfect for the job, as he easily fits the character of a honest, nice and carefree kid. He is wonderfully complemented by Patricia Arquette. From what I have read about Arline, I think she quite fits the role of the clear thinking, artistic and emotional girl who could captivate someone like Feynman. Overall, I think that the movie is very touching, an example of the kind of films which you rarely see these days, and should be viewed as a very nice movie in its own right, bringing out the emotional side of a truly great man....more info
  • Mostly a love story, very little Feynman
    To truly appreciate this film one must first read some of Feynman's works. The film speeds through events as if they all took place at the same time, when it's clearly noted that said events took place at different times. In addition the film is primarily based on his relationship with his first wife, and doesn't really go into the mind of Feynman, or show his true genius, and creativity. In addition the film does not portray Feynman properly; it makes him appear as if he's a secluded genius, when in actuality he was very normal.

    One will appreciate some of the various quotes, and events that you'll immediately note from his lectures, and various books. If you haven't read his works, then you will not be able to appreciate this, which I believe is the only positive this film has.
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  • Lovely overlooked story
    The first time I saw Dr. Richard Feynman was when he was demonstrating why the space shuttle "Challenger" blew up with a rubber ring and a glass of ice water. He amazed me then.

    I didn't actually think about Dr. Feynman's life until I saw "Infinity" available. Matthew Broderick, who both plays Feynman in the film and directs it. According to Feynman, he thought of the time depicted in this film as a romance, but it was also time where everything changed in the country.

    The story begins with Feynman (Broderick) meeting Arlene Greenbaum (Arquette). They fall in love during pre WWII times. They're engaged when they learn that Arlene has TB. Feynman takes his undergrad at MIT and later grad work at Princeton. When he's offered a job at Alamosa, NM to work on the bomb, he accepts so he and Arlene can be wed. The story briefly touches physics and the development of the a-bomb.

    What the story really is about is coping with illness during different times. Back then, doctors didn't want patients to know what their diagnoses were. Families didn't want their children to marry if there were severe illnesses involved, either. Aside from his scientific genius, what marked Feynman as extraordinary was that he worked so hard at his marriage and making his wife as happy as she could be.

    This quiet, overlooked film takes us back to a different time in this country's life. Broderick did an excellent job of taking us back. It's well worth a watch if you are interested in either quiet romances or films from this period of time.

    Rebecca Kyle, September 2008 ...more info
  • Where's the FEYNMAN?
    Glad somebody did it but damn why a love story and a boring one at that which doesn't even show the mans intellect or his very humors nature. Disappointing on so many levels...more info
  • Badly made movie. Buy only if you just want to watch something about Feynman.
    I bought this movie thinking that it'd be fun to watch a movie about Richard Feynman since I had read some books by him and he was an amazing personality besides being a brilliant scientist.

    This movie has been done very very badly. The direction is poor. When you watch a movie about a scientist as brilliant as Feynman, you expect his science and his passion for it to be an important part of it though not necessarily the main part of it (like in 'A Beautiful Mind'). This movie is more like a love-story that doesn't really give you anything out of it. It takes some episodes from Feynman's book "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" and puts them together very awkwardly in-between a love-story.

    Matthew Broderick is too ordinary an actor to play Richard Feynman.

    The movie doesn't flow smoothly. it doesn't take a grip. If you have read anything by Feynman, scientific or non-scientific, you will find this movie extremely superficial. The Feynman in the movie is too ordinary. So this movie ends up being 'A' love-story about a guy who just happens to be 'A' scientist. This is almost a Hollywood chick-flick about a scientist. Broderick should stick to things like Godzilla.

    Feynman's life deserves a far better effort of documentation....more info
  • Broderick Son-Mother Duo Combines To Make A Nice Film
    This was kind of a strange, low-key movie, one that isn't going to get a lot of attention, especially with today's audiences which demand anything but a slow-moving story. But, whatever your age or tastes or patience, if you want simply a nice movie, you have one here.

    I enjoyed Matthew Broderick's narration. Broderick usually plays likable roles and is an underrated actor, I think. I've never seen him in a bad performance. Even though this story is an emotional one, I found little emotion in the film but that makes it intriguing in parts.

    Sometime past the halfway mark, I asked myself, "What is the point of this story?" There is a point, and there is more than what meets the eye to this. Those who have seen this film know what I mean. I'm making vague statements, but I don't want to give away anything.

    I enjoyed the 1940s look to this, appreciated Patricia Arquette's against-type role; appreciated the fact there were no villains in here and the profanity was low. As I said, it's a nice film and touching drama.

    Broderick and his mother wrote, produced and directed this film. ...more info
  • Your context determines how you will appreciate this film
    This is a difficult review for me to write. I purchased this film a few years after seeing the film, because I'm trying to compare 3 different media on the same story (author audio which later became text, same text read orally by a professional reader, and the interpretation of the film makers (the Brodericks)).

    I count myself incredibly fortunate to have been in the audience for a class to hear to Richard Feynman reminisce about his war time experience at Los Alamos. Whereas our professor, Larry Badash (with 2 other editors) published a bookReminiscences of Los Alamos 1943-1945 (Studies in the History of Modern Science), the reissue of Surely Your Joking in the form of Classic Feynman: All the Adventures of a Curious Character (with New Live CD) can't be over looked. You get to hear Feynman's New York cabbie voice (as others have described it). Buy this book with the CD.

    I only recently found the audio version of Surely Your Joking which includes material before Los Alamos which was taken from a Chris Sykes documentary interview (this forms the basis for scenes on inertia and lack of meaning about words (birds) in the film. Sykes's own biography based on getting to know Feynman late in his life pointed out early that some reviewers of old Feynman videos thought Feynman sounded less than a great teacher. In the end, the audio version reread "didn't do it" for me.

    These lectures and recordings form the basis for the Infinity film.

    Infinity attempts to cover a number of events in Feynman's early life revolving around this romance with his first wife Arline while culminating with both her loss and working on nuclear theory in the Manhattan Project on the first atomic bomb.

    The Broderick's interpretation of Feynman's early life just didn't quite "do" that for me. They had a hard time trying to convey Feynman's enthusiasm and excitement and his personal romance. So much context gets left out (like why he has to brief the kids working for him ) that the film loses its effect.

    Yes: perhaps it's me, that I have too much context, but that would go for anyone attempting to understand Feynman including the English critics mentioned by Sykes No Ordinary Genius: The Illustrated Richard Feynman. He's not for every one. I could have used a guy like him when I was much younger (he can be very inspiring to a certain kind of person).

    My suggestion is to go the the real sources: the book with the CD and the books (Sure and What do you Care? authored by Feynman) first. Compare Feynman's own words and voice to the scene going out the Los Alamos gate and in via a hole in the fence three times. The filmed scene isn't quite as effective. Try a library and read his Red books (his physics text book in 3 volumes, much harder).
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  • A decent movie about a great man
    I had the opportunity to have met Feynman when I was an undergrad at Caltech. We actually had him as a dinner guest when I was there (this is back in the late 70s/early 80s, which is long after the time period covered by this movie). He really was very personable, he loved talking to students. He actually taught a class at caltech after-hours on lockpicking (his dad was a locksmith). He was someone who you really wanted to get to know. I agree with the previous reviewer that this movie does not accurately portray him. Still, the movie was entertaining, which is why I give it 3 stars....more info
  • A love story with history
    This obscure gem of a film is clearly a labor of love by Matthew Broderick, who directed it and stars as Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman in the story of his first marriage.

    Broderick ensures that we get a picture of Feynman's quirky personality, the very embodiment of the Scientific Method and iconoclastic clowning. But, the focus is clearly on his growing love for Aline, their marriage, and their life together.

    The film has a little more science than most Americans are comfortable with, but it's not overwhelming, and it serves to illuminate the relationship between Richard and Aline....more info