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Searching for Bobby Fischer
Every journey begins with a single move.
A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.
“It doesn’t mean anything, it’s just a game.”
“No, it isn’t.”
This movie is about chess the same way Moneyball was about baseball. And yet, not being a player myself, it made me think of what might it mean for chess to be one’s life’s companion, to be able to feel the chessboard like not very many people do, to take lessons from all the games of chess back into the real life.
My favourite moments in the movie were those glimpses of chess being something more, something better, something beautiful: an early speed chess game interrupted by rain; a tower made for fun out of chess pieces; the rapid-fire, almost instinctive exchanges of moves.
Excellent cast of actors and characters, not to mention cameos from many famous chess players. Worth checking out. The only major problem is James Horner phoning it in, but hey, not the first time either. Just don’t watch it straight after Field of dreams.
#14 in my 99 90's Movies month. (Which, I have to start in December thanks to Netflix's routine end-of-the-month purge. Aarg!)
Why are there villains in a bio pic? A 90's bio pic drama about a child prodigy that isn't a Disney film? And the way Super-Snotty Evil Nemesis to Ben Kingsley's Masterclass teacher introduces his spawned-in-a-lab creation and the fact that he taunts his opponents with belittling Evil Laughter and stares Everyone Down with Evil Brown Eyes in closeup is straight up Ivan Drago. The film literally treats him like a soulless Terminator. How is that more inspiring? True to life? It isn't. It can't be. That's why Arnold Schwarzenegger is a So Bad It's Good icon and why…
It's like The Karate Kid for overachievers.
Part of Revisiting the 90s in 2015
A well made film, but some of the ethical/moral lessons are questionable. His teacher, played by Ben Kingsley, tells our young 7 year old protagonist that he must view his opponents with contempt, that they are lower than him. Terrible fucking lesson to teach a kid, but thankfully it looks as if Josh Waitzkin doesn't take that lesson to heart, as he never seems to view any of his opponents with contempt. Plus his father acts like a major asshole at one point when Josh loses a game. He not only rebukes him, but does so in the rain, while the poor little bastard is shivering and about to catch pneumonia. Hope that…
I am fascinated with the game of chess.
I am fascinated with prodigies.
I am fascinated with legends who are mysterious.
"Searching for Bobby Fischer" hits a lot of sweet points with me personally. I found it an enthralling experience to witness someone so young be so dominant at a game so complicated and strategic.
The Legend and Mystery behind Bobby Fischer is also captivating.
4/5 ----ITS GREAT
This was my first rewatch after a couple of years in film school. While that doesn't mean much, I did come into this film with a more critical look and unfortunately a lot of moments didn't hold up. While I still think the final chess match is the most suspenseful and intense you could ever make a chess game (well, Harry Potter did it pretty well), a lot of the other "intense" moments come off as super corny and overly sentimental.
The villain kid was so over the top that I couldn't buy into him. I thought Josh was one of the stronger actors in the film, followed by Ben Kingsley.
Overall, I love chess and I love sports movies, so I will still always enjoy this film. It will just get harder to look through the "fluff".
- "Trick or treat."
- Patzers errrywhere
- Now I want to play chess
this is a very uplifting movie with a very nice message. let the children be children. i loved the kid played by pomeranc. he's intelligent, sensitive and joyful in equal parts. the director found a way to draw paralelisms between bobby fisher and josh waitzkin without turning it into an obnoxious comparison. heartwarming.
Baseado na história real de um prodígio no xadrez, Lances Inocentes explora diversas temáticas (relação entre pais e filhos, a cultura do vencedor típica da sociedade americana, a dificuldade de conciliar genialidade e uma vida normal) sem pesar a mão, nem travando a narrativa.
Com um elenco competente e com elementos técnicos bem orquestrados, principalmente a bela fotografia e a inteligente montagem, Zaillian consegue criar um filme leve, inteligente e instigante.
Slow paced, but well acted, directed, and written. Laurence Fishburne, Ben Kingsley, and Joe Mantegna all give good performances, but 8 yr old Max Pomeranc steals the show.
Put šampiona. Drama koja govori mnogo o porodici i prikazana kroz najkompleksniju igru na svijetu. Da li je nekada uopšte moguće postupiti ispravno?! Igra, umjetnost, odricanje... Bitno je naučiti pobjedjivati, ali još bitnije podnijeti poraz. Odličan film.
Still a wonderful little gem of a film. Childhood nostalgia.
Ao assistir o filme comecei a perceber que a história parecia coisa de anime. Gostei bastante!
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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