The Professor and the Madman (2019)

Directed by P.B. Shemran 

Starring Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Natalie Dormer, Ioan Gruffudd

This is a movie that attracted me because of Mel Gibson and Sean Penn, both great actors. I found the movie existed searching for upcoming movies but it did not get to theaters where I live. 

The movie is about how the Oxford English Dictionary was compiled by Sir James Murray. The movie also follows the life of W.C. Minor that while being treated in a Lunatic Asylum helped Murray in the process. W.C. Minor suffered from delusions and believing he was being followed he murdered a man and he was declared not guilty by reason of insanity.

The story

I like movies that are based on real-life or people, so on that premise, I was glad I saw the movie. It was a moving story of forgiveness, friendship and recovery. The part where the wife of the man he killed forms a friendship with him was a lovely part of the story but I don’t know if it happened. But that is the part of the story that touches on the power of forgiveness as she begins to understand who he was and see the unfairness in both men’s lives. The story of Murray is more centered as he struggles with the work and his family. 

The acting

Here is the best thing the movie has. Mel Gibson and Sean Penn are great in the film. it just is not enough to make the film great. The rest of the cast is also good. 

My overall thought on the film:

I would not recommend the film, I saw it and it had good things in it, but I struggled to see the whole two hours of it. I was intrigued with the characters, but it is better to read about them than seeing the film. It had a cool moment where they take a picture of Sean Penn’s character and then show the real photo that was taken of W.C. Minor. I think it had a nice story and great performances but it was not enough to make the film really worth watching. if you are like me that likes bio-drama movies then it is not a bad film to see, but otherwise pass on it.

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