A solid, interesting if uncreative telling of the extraordinary story of the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.
A poor, Tamil Brahim growing up in Madras, Ramanujan was invited to Trinity College, Cambridge, arriving days before the outbreak of World War 1 in 1914. In this hallowed environs, he is confronted with racism, snobbery and academic prejudice – despite his innate mathematical brilliance.
Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) is engaging and Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune, Being Julia) as Ramanujan’s mentor, G.H.Hardy, brings a sense of gravitas to the film. But The Man Who Knew Infinity is a little too polite, a little too 1 + 1 = 2 to be as memorable as it could have been.