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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
A brilliant, under appreciated, gem. Strong performances with a sharp script.
there's a part in this film where josh's mum suggests that laurence fishburne and his posse in the park are only playing chess to win money for drugs. i laughed really hard at it.
not a movie about drugs, but definitely about addiction. it talks so well about addiction, support, friends, teachers & role models - and in the later half speaks so eloquently about healthy engagement (- in competition, your passions, your addictions, whatever it may be that captures you -) that it's very difficult not to support. the wonderful cast of child actors makes it even easier to love, too. lots of big close ups on max pomeranc's thinking, innocent eyes.
and of course - lots of quality chess…
Love chess even though im not that good. Was in chess club. Great movie for chess enthusiasts.
Solid drama although I have to say as good as it is, it ultimately has a Movie of the Week vibe about it. What makes this worthwhile is a great cast surrounding the kid - Ben Kingsley, Laurence Fishburne, Joan Allen and Joe Mantegna and smartly directed by Steven Zaillian.
"Searching For Bobby Fischer" is a delightful little film about a real-life chess prodigy Josh Waitzkin and how he bears the burden of his genius. The film takes on the idea of finding "the next Bobby Fischer" and thus subtly suggesting that it could be Josh.
A young kid of 7, Josh learns how to play chess simply by watching the hustlers play at Washington Park for drug-money. As his parents realize his genius they get a retired chess-instructor, Bruce Pandolfini, to tutor Josh. Bruce, partly attracted by the prospect of being instructor to a prodigy, is a bit orthodox and hates the rough-and-tumble ways by which the hustlers at the Square play. And thus, he constantly tries to get…
Some films you just can't see with a child's eyes anymore.
I absolutely love this movie it is more of a guilty pleasure. It is not a great movie but it is just a good watch. I have watched this movie many many times since I was a kid. It is one of the few movies about chess, but it is about more than chess. Ben Kinsley is very good as is Laurence Fishburn. Definitely recommend at least one watch. 8/10 for me
Some really outstanding editing and sound design. Helps that it's a hell of a story,too.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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