Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

Directed By – Steven Zaillian

Screenplay By – Steven Zaillian

Cinematography By – Conrad L. Hall

Starring Max Pomeranc, Joe Mantegna, Ben Kingsley & Laurence Fishburne

109 min.

Searching for Bobby Fischer was a very good movie, hell it probably was excellent, but I didn’t necessarily love it. The beginning is full of fun and promise, a seven-year-old kids turns out to be a chess prodigy, but it too quickly becomes a family drama and the reality behind what it means to be a prodigy in the competitive sport that is chess.

The acting in this movie is spectacular and the young Max Pomeranc is astounding. Joe Mantegna give the best performance I’ve seen from him and Ben Kingsley is perfect, but again this movie just takes the fun out of what is going on, of course that is the point of the story. However, whenever Laurence Fishburne is on screen an instant sense of fun is dispersed. He isn’t on screen for very much of this movie but when he is this movie is at its best.

Searching for Bobby Fischer is a movie that deserves to be seen. It will give you insight into a genius most of us will never know and into a world of competitive chess that most of us will never explore.

God Bless America


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