Saturday, December 12, 2015

Pawn Sacrifice (2014)

Director: Edward Zwick. Cast: Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, Lily Rabe. 115 min. Rated PG-13. Biography.

I read once that ever since those two planes hit the twin towers on live TV, documentaries have become more interesting than movies. This is demonstrated here very well. The 2011 documentary was a fascinating account of Bobby Fischer, genius chess grandmaster and paranoid schizophrenic. You'd think Zwick would take advantage of all the amazing possibilities movie dramatization has to offer. He doesn't much. Tobey Maguire and Liev Schrieber are awesome as Fischer and Spassky, and the soundtrack makes some tense moments more tangible, but the film never adds any new emotion to what I'd already sensed about the man.

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