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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.
My favorite sport is Chessboxing
“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
Si luce como un telefilm, narra como un telefilm y tiene la originalidad de un telefilm, probablemente sea un telefilm.
this was the first movie i watched in my film class and i thought it was a really odd choice tbh
It's a quiet but compelling film that commands your attention.
I watched this before watching one of the camcorder films I shot with my friends in 2011 about chess. They are both beautiful stories with some intense fast cutting, but my one has me with glasses on flipping a chessboard over?? So there's really no competition is there
As fluffy and sweet as a bag of marshmallows. Not my thing.
I don't particularly connect to this film - I'd hate to think it's because I don't care about chess, because I know how to extrapolate from a niche that doesn't interest me to the overall idea - but it is an effective enough look at a prodigy who has to figure out how to take in the lessons of dueling mentors, become great at his craft, and keep his innocence and kindness.
A misleading film title. They never even looked for the guy.
This is a film that everyone who loves the game of chess should watch. A solid and endearing film about young chess prodigy, Josh Waitzkin. The movie has real charm, a solid story, and some great character actors -- Mantegna, Kingsley, Fishburne and Joan Allen all give outstanding performances. Even a young Laura Linney pops up in a small but memorable scene! And the kid who plays Waitzkin (Max Pomeranc), does a wonderful job, which is nice to see since sometimes kid actors don't really know how to perform in front of a camera.
My only reason for not giving an even higher rating is that the film tends to lose steam about an hour in, and starts to drag.…
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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