Searching for Bobby Fischer Reviews
Each act of this movie has multiple scenes that are unforgettable for me. I adore the discovery phase as Josh learns the game and then beats his father. Then I love the scenes of training that sharpen his skill and seem impossible to someone who doesn?t have a mind for the game. And finally there are some perfect moments in the climax that warm my heart so much I can?t get enough of it. True, there are some moments where Searching for Bobby Fischer takes its time and the pace slows down, but I still feel the intensity and the emotion of the characters even in the slower parts. The characters are so well-established that I find myself fully invested in their journey.
There are at least 3 characters who experience an arc through the course of this film, and they all grow together. I find that kind of story-telling remarkably compelling, and I wish more films had that kind of narrative depth to them. It doesn?t hurt that the leads in this movie are so amazing. Joe Mantegna, Ben Kingsley, Joan Allen, and Laurence Fishburne are all amazing and have some strong scenes with one another. The supporting cast is overloaded with familiar faces as well, including William H. Macy, Laura Linney, Tony Shalhoub, and more. But the movie wouldn?t even work without Max Pomeranc, who is superb as a kid who seems normal most of the time but becomes something more when crouched in front of a chessboard.
The shots were all executed well. I thought they did a superb job of showing us what is going on during the games and helping us to see when something went right or wrong. I feel like even a person who knows nothing about chess could comprehend what is happening in all the important moments of these games. The tone of each moment is also apparent because of all the work James Horner put into devising a superb score. Admittedly, he borrows from himself a little because the theme is reminiscent of some of this other works, but it hardly matters because the music is doing its job. Searching for Bobby Fischer is one of those movies that I could watch immediately after I finish and enjoy it all over again.
enhanced with the performance of a Ben Kingsly talent.
his father sees that he is way more talented than he has ever been and has a chance to have his son excel with this gift
Max Pomeranc is perfect as Josh being such a game master but also struggling to still keep his father's love and appreciation
he has such a vulnerability that he doesn't want to break in fear of being looked at too differently
Ben Kingsley teaches Josh that you always have to offer your opponent a way out of the conflict and that you have to consider losing an option because it does happen
even being a child prodigy has its setbacks and they make it distinctively clear that even Bobby Fischer, the most successful chess player in the world faced a few of his own dealing with the world's expectations
watching the intensity of the game play out is suspenseful because Josh has a lot to live up to knowing too well that someone might take his place and upset a few others
it's only a game but chess here is filmed in a grown-up, riveting manner