3/4

Pawn Sacrifice [2015] ★★★

pawnsacrificelargeA chess movie is probably the last thing you needed right now. Snap out it. This is Toby Maguire like you’ve never seen him before, playing chess master Bobby Fischer, who faced Soviet grandmaster Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber) at the 1972 World Chess Championship in Reykjavík, Iceland. The film, directed by Edward Zwirk with a keen eye for detail, grabs you from the very first moment and doesn’t let go. Making chess a subject of high drama for nonfanatics is no easy task. But I think it’s safe to say that Zwirk and his screenwriter have managed to pull it off. We also find out more about Fischer’s psychological problems, his obsession with the Russians, and his troubled relationship with his family. Maguire lets it bleed, giving one of the best performances of his career. You can’t take your eyes off him. Same goes for the movie.

Rating: 3/4

2 replies »

  1. Hii Anis,
    I really like your critics about movies, and i check your blog every week!
    If you have no problem, i really would like to ask you a favor: can you please watch “chi yom rah fell” and post your comments and critics about it on your blog? Because i’m realllyyy curious to know if you’ll like it or not.
    Keep up the great work, and thanks in advance!
    Najib

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