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Review written on: February 20th, 2006

Proof Review

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into watching Proof. I didn’t recall seeing any trailers for it, or hearing anything about it when it was in the theater. Had I known it would be so similar to one of my favorite TV shows (Numb3rs), I would have watched it much sooner than I did.

Both Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Gyllenhaal are amazing in their respective roles. And how can we possibly overlook the most talented actor of our time, Sir Anthony Hopkins, who in himself makes any movie damn near unforgettable. There is no doubt that this cast was picked extremely carefully.

The story centers around a mathematical proof, written in a notebook, presumably by Catherine’s father. Throughout the movie, the flashbacks hint at the fact that it was in fact Catherine who wrote the proof, and not her father. I’m not positive as to what the proof was of, or what a proof really is, and they don’t let you in on the big secret at the end.

The movie is based on a play, and beautifully transcribed into a feature length film. The director (John Madden, no, I don’t think the football guy) did an amazing job adapting this play to film. A smart decision was made to bring in the play’s writer, to pen the screenplay for the movie. I can’t speak to how well the movie follows the play, as I haven’t seen it. But the movie itself was breathtaking, and beautifully acted. Paltrow also reportedly played Catherine in the London West version of the play.

While the movie may not be everyone’s cup of tea (after all, being about math might bore some), but I think people should definitely check it out, simply for the performances put on by the main cast. Paltrow, and Gyllenhaal are outstanding, as is Hopkins. This movie is definitely worth a viewing. You might enjoy it, and maybe even learn a thing or two about prime numbers.

 

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