Computer Chess

Computer Chess ★★★★½

Might be tempting for The Moviegoing Public to overrate this thing just because of the exhilarating gearshift it represents, from hilarious, mumbly, and awkward period piece into weird science-fiction mind-bending that makes Beyond the Black Rainbow look like Halfway to the Partly Cloudy Sky.

The inarguable fact remains, though, that this is beautiful piece of cinematic texture, the kind that is pretty much unexplored territory in movies - I love how exactly the socially awkward cadences and diction are captured perfectly by the actors to hysterical effect. But the real beauty of it is that it stretches into much stranger areas than just laughs and I'm guessing it will be gestating in my brain for quite a while. Not bad for a movie about a bunch of computer people talking to each other.

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