The Man Who Knew Infinity

Formulaic biopic about an extraordinary thinker

Srinivasa Ramanujan was an uneducated Indian clerk who nonetheless possessed an innate ability for mathematical abstraction. He was plucked from obscurity by tweedy Cambridge Don G.H. Hardy, came to England just before WWI, and produced formulae that today help us understand black holes. The movie is a personal best for Dev Patel, finally finished with all that Marigold Hotel mugging, and Jeremy Irons’s deft portrayal of Hardy matches him scene for scene. This is a character-driven drama for grownups that, while a bit by-the-numbers, avoids over-explaining the math and focuses on the human elements. Japanese title: Kiseki ga kureta suushiki. (108 min)