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Bobby Fischer. Boris Spassky. Paul Marshall. Father Bill Lombardy. Joan Fischer. Regina Fischer. Teenage Bobby Fischer. Young Bobby Fischer. Young Joan Fischer. Carmine Nigro. Lothar Schmid. Russian Bookstore Owner. Bookstore Owner's Wife. Cyril as Shawn Cambell. Maria as Kathryn Nolan. Businessman Motel. Pick 1 of those 3, Any 1, and Do Something with it, Anything. CinemaSerf 18 May This could have been a fascinating account of the troubled life of American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer - unfortunately, Tobey Maguire just couldn't quite convince me that he was that man! The well documented life of this chess genius and of his many demons is the stuff of public record, but this interpretation borders on the melodramatic just a bit too often, and the lead performance is way too one-dimensional for me to get beyond the initial reaction that he was a bit of an arse.
An hugely accomplished master of his craft, but as an human being - an arse. There are flashbacks to try and give us some guidance as to the causes of his paranoia - his mother was a communist living in the USA so he genuinely believed that the FBI were listening in on him from a very early age - a neuroses that never left him - and as such his sense of trust was internally compromised and his ability to form meaningful relationships never remotely developed.
Liev Schreiber - who really only features towards the very end, does indicate a bit of the grace and professionalism of arch-rival Boris Spassky but it is delivered by Edward Zwick in an almost grudging fashion - the pesky Ruskies will do just about anything to win - except, that is, play fair! It does demonstrate the effectiveness of the cold war chess battle that many of us will recall from the s, but it could have been much more adventurous and less stereotyping with it's characters.
A dramatization of the life of Bobby Fischer, one of the greatest chess players of all time. While covering his early life and chess career, focuses largely on the World Chess Championship match between Fischer and the reigning champion Boris Spassky. Great movie. Shows well Bobby Fischer's exceptional talent for chess and also the mental issues that seemed to be part and parcel of this genius. Always interesting but not consistently engaging though. Coverage of Fischer's childhood and early career give a decent background to how his talent and personality and mental issues developed but aren't compelling viewing.
However, when the movie reaches the World Championship Match it shifts into top gear and becomes incredibly engrossing viewing. Great performance by Tobey Maquire as Fischer. Superb documentary. Bobby Fischer is shown here using his paranoid schizophrenia to best Spassky, the pride of the U. Maguire gives a commanding performance as troubled genius, chess wizard extreme Bobby Fischer who will stop at nothing to be the world champion making it a bloodsport to thwart reigning game czar, Russian Boris Spassky low-key Schreiber.
Maguire's laser-focused, obnoxious to a fault, demanding Fischer is complex yet ultimately sympathetic as the demons of mental illness slowly fades in just as he's at his peak. Filmmaker Ed Zwick has the unenviable job of making a board game involving but the script by Christopher Wilkinson, Stephen J. Rivele and Steven Knight elevates the biopic into "A Beautiful Mind" territory in spite of its protagonists bristling to the touch demeanor. Uriah43 8 April This film takes place during the Cold War with a young American by the name of "Bobby Fischer" played by Tobey Maguire setting out to become the World Chess Champion which had been under exclusive domination of the Soviet Union for almost 40 years.
Yet, even though he was a most formidable challenger there were several obstacles he had to overcome, which not only included an incredible number of skilled Soviet grandmasters, but his own character flaws as well. To that end, this film provides an interesting--albeit somewhat flawed--glimpse into this person's unique quest. Now, having said that, let me first state that I thought both Tobey Maguire, and Liv Schreiber as "Boris Spassky" performed in an excellent manner. However, to be fair there were certain aspects which lacked historical accuracy and should probably be mentioned as well.
First, I don't believe this film gives an accurate or honest portrayal of Bobby Fischer. Yes, he would often become quite agitated when distracted by noise. But let's be honest, he wasn't the only chess player to voice his displeasure in that regard. Likewise, there were a couple of times he walked out during certain chess competitions. However, it should be noted that Bobby had religious restrictions which forbade him from playing on the Sabbath.
So when his legitimate objections were ignored he did what he felt was necessary. Yet rather than giving him credit for putting his religious beliefs ahead of everything else this film uses this fact against him. Also worth mentioning is the fact that Bobby was very shy and socially awkward. Unfortunately, rather than taking this into account this film makes him look like a raving lunatic instead.
Now, that is not to say that Bobby didn't eventually go completely insane. But this was a gradual process which accelerated after he won the World Championship due in part to his feelings of betrayal by the same religious institution he had put so much faith--and money--into. Additionally, as mentioned earlier, Bobby was quite shy and as a result he preferred to do things on his own and was very much a loner. Further, it should also be mentioned that Boris Spassky was not the World Champion when he and Bobby sat down at the board during the Piatigorsky Cup in that honor belonged at the time to Tigran Petrosian and it would be another 3 years before Boris could claim that title.
To that extent, these are just a few of the inaccuracies detailed in this film--with several other flaws out there that I haven't mentioned. That being said, those who have followed Bobby Fisher's career will probably be less than impressed with the manner in which he has been portrayed. Ironically, in spite of these criticisms, I still found this film to still be entertaining to a certain degree and for that reason I have rated it accordingly. Slightly above average. Greetings again from the darkness. This was 8 years prior to the "Miracle on Ice" when the USA Olympic hockey team upset the powerhouse Russian hockey team, but this chess match caused every bit as much media frenzy and national pride as that day in Lake Placid. This international attention is as important to the story as the psychological state of Bobby Fischer and his genius-level chess skill.
Tobey Maguire plays Fischer, and despite lacking the height and physical presence of the real chess champion, he expertly conveys the paranoia, fear, and arrogance that burdened the man and created even more suspense for those of us keeping a watchful eye at the time. Schreiber captures the iciness for which the Russians were known, but also interjects subtle personality and insight in a story where his adversary is constantly over-the-top. Chess strategy isn't so much the story here, as are these two men from different worlds forced together on a stage in Iceland — with the full attention of the world.
Supporting work is varied, but exceptionally strong. Robin Weigert plays Bobby's mother, and we get glimpses of why he later suffered from Mommy issues — in no small part to her intimate gatherings of Communist friends. Lily Rabe is touching as Bobby's sister and possibly the only person who ever had his best interest at heart. Lombardy was Fischer's coach and confidant, and seemed to be the only one who grasped the severity of Bobby's mental state. Marshall, a well known attorney in the Music industry, is a shady fellow who seems connected to the government, and is really the driving force behind getting Fischer to play Spassky.
More background and the motivation for these two gentlemen would have been welcome and filled a gap. The story of the tortured genius always makes entertaining fodder — think Van Gogh, Mozart, and John Nash. Bobby Fischer certainly fits that description, but his story is frustrating because we just don't understand the mental issues that caused him to evolve from teenage chess prodigy to World Champion to literal anti-social outcast spewing hateful words watch the end credit film clips. Perhaps the film says as much as about us as a people, as it does about Bobby Fischer as a person. Pawn Sacrifice is intriguing. One watches Pawn Sacrifice wanting to know more. The characters of Fisher and Spassasky were believable. The director creates a brilliance of Fisher's unpredictability which stymies the opposition.
One is mesmerized by the recurring theme of Fisher's unpredictability. What is he doing? The bizarre and unpredictable actions come to fruition as opponents become unhinged. Fisher's tactics made others fight on Fisher's terms. Were the tactics mental illness or planned? I do not know. Was the C I A bankrolling Fisher? I speculate, maybe. In the end, we see Fisher's brilliance slowly drive him mad. A exciting movie on what could be a dull and dry topic, chess. Liev Schrieber should get a academy nomination for the the role of Spassasky. Liev Schrieber clapping at the greatest chess game ever played shows a love for a game which exceeds politics and personal rivalries was a memorable moment. Worth seeing. The Price of Genius lavatch 18 January As indicated by director Edward Zwick in the bonus segment of the DVD, the film is about "the confrontation of genius and madness.
There was a thoughtful attempt to capture the careful decision-making process of each move on the board by the various players. In the popular perception of Bobby Fischer, there has perpetually been an uncertainty about whether Fischer was grandstanding and playing mind games with his chess opponents, or whether he was psychologically unbalanced. The film takes a clear stand that Fischer suffered from severe paranoia and other mental afflictions. Tobey McGuire is good as the tortured American chess wizard.
At the same time, there was a measured, understated quality to McGuire's performance that did not quite do justice to the flamboyance of the historical Bobby Fisher. The more complete performance is turned in by Liev Schreiber as the stoic, icy Soviet champion, Boris Spassky Their characters made an effective study in contrast. There was also the sense that the pressures placed on both Fischer and his Soviet rival, Spassky, were exacerbated by the respective American and Soviet governments, which sought to exploit the chess contest during the Cold War. Both were pawns in the greater agenda of their nations during a period of world turmoil. Tobey Maguire is great in this film. No matter what qualms one might have, you absolutely got that at least.
The movie also manages to do something rather difficult: make real chess look interesting and have dramatic tension. The intensity of the story is exacerbated by the gravity of Fischer's mental condition. Having personal experience with afflicted people, I can tell you that if you don't want to see crazy people you should avoid this film. The interesting thing is that, even if I like chess and I am all for strong performances, I couldn't really enjoy the film. I don't think it is a bad movie, quite the opposite, and probably my feelings are getting in the way of correctly reviewing the film, but I felt like pausing the film or even going on fast forward at times.
I wanted to know what happened, but I didn't want to go through it. Bottom line: it was difficult to me to see a brilliant man devolve mentally and hurting everyone around him and himself. That is what the movie is really about. Having it be about a real person and a genius in a sport I like is just the icing on the cake. Fantastic acting, though, from Tobey Maguire, who manages to channel Fischer, even if he looks nowhere near like the real man. The narrative doesn't catch you instantly, but once it does, it makes sure you can't move from your seat.
The Writing gives enough time for us to grasp to his paranoia's, as well as be awe-struck by his sheer talent for Chess. Even the supporting parts, particular that off Spassky, are well-written. However, had the Writing been a bit tighter in the initial reels, 'Pawn Sacrifice' would've been more superior. Edward Zwick is a Master in Modern Storytelling. Bradford Young's Cinematography is top-notch. Steven Rosenblum's Editing is mostly crisp.
James Newton Howard's Score is great, as always. Why wasn't he nominated this year? This underrated actor is far more versatile, than he's been perceived to be. Liev Schreiber as Boris Spassky, is faultless. Michael Stuhlbarg as Paul Marshall, is emerging as one of the finest actors of his generation. He's brilliant! Lily Rabe as the Late Joan Fischer, is sincere. Others lend good support. On the whole, 'Pawn Sacrifice' deserves to be seen. Watch It! StevePulaski 26 September Edward Zwick's "Pawn Sacrifice" concerns American grandmaster Bobby Fischer Tobey Maguire , a man who sky-rocketed from a humble chess prodigy in Brooklyn to a globally recognized name.
Bobby grew up modestly, but was constantly burdened by nobody other than himself. He had a very low tolerance for loud noises and persistent distractions; all he wanted to do was to play chess in peace and, in turn, be the best player in the entire world. Ironically, what he got was deafening noise and an audience of the entire world. After making the rounds as one of the youngest up-and-comers of the American chess world, Bobby voices his desire to beat all the chess greats in the Soviet Union in the 's.
Bobby makes clear that he is not a political man; he simply wants to win and to accept all the glory that comes with being the greatest chess player of all time. The problem is that Bobby, who already seems to be teetering on the very edge of a mental breakdown every two minutes, spends more time practicing - going as far as to practice with one of his coaches by having a verbal game of chess - than trying to cope with his mental illness.
At one point in the film, Bobby is said to be suffering from a form of paranoid schizophrenia, which makes sense seeing as how, during scenes of stress or extreme concentration, Bobby begins embellishing every little background noise a flickering camera, the tapping of a pencil's eraser, lips smacking, etc as if it were loud music at a house party. During these scenes, Zwick smothers us with these sounds as if we're Bobby, victim to hearing every noise as if it were right next to our ears. These particular scenes feel very authentic and do something cinema rarely does, which is attempt to make us feel how our protagonist does in the present.
With that, Maguire gives his best performance since "Brothers" in a role that challenges him in a similar manner. In "Brothers," Maguire played a war-torn veteran suffering from post-traumatic-stress-disorder and, upon returning home, encountered an entirely new battle with his wife. His performance in that film was incredibly strong, especially the last twenty minutes, where Maguire displayed some of the most violent and unbelievably convincing acting of his career. Here, his Bobby Fischer character is burdened with the same albatross; he suffers from something he has no control over that slowly eats at him until he is entirely unable to focus.
His illness handicaps him throughout his quest to defeat the Soviet chess players, and when we see how badly Bobby wants to win, in spite of himself, there is an extra layer of sadness to his struggle. The problem with "Pawn Sacrifice" is it feels a bit too much like a film stuck on fast-forward. Zwick, writer Steven Knight, and editor Steven Rosenblum conduct the film with a great deal of montages, especially during the chess games, that creates an appalling lack of investment and suspense. It seems to be a sign of insecurity over the material, as if the audience that was already attracted to the material would grow bored over watching a simple chess game.
The concern is logical, but when we see how Zwick handles the more crucial games we get to see Bobby play in certain detail, it's only perplexing to wonder why Zwick decided to confine most of the game to a montage. The result, when we do get to see the cause-and-effect relationship with the players and their pieces, even if we know nothing about chess, is surprisingly gripping and naturally suspenseful, something I didn't see happening.
Unfortunately, too, we also don't get much development on the Soviet players, and for how great Spassky is said to be, and how assured and commendable Liev Schreiber has been as an actor over the last few years, it's almost criminal that we do not see him nor his character shine at any point in the film. Much like Bobby's other opponents, they are cold shells that walk around in dapper clothing and with an unfazed smug on their faces. It's a film to watch, digest, and to try not to forget on bigger terms than just its singularly strong performance what with the multitude of great film surely upon us in coming months. KineticSeoul 23 February There has been many sports movies and such so it was actually kind of refreshing to watch a movie about a chess prodigy.
Although it lacks depths and layers to it, it gets the job done in a simple fashion. Although I do think a bit more depth to the story and a bit better writing could have done this movie more justice. However as it stands, it's a good movie with a decent build up and a somewhat thrilling tournament which involves two players, a board and pieces. So this is a film based on the life of Bobby Fischer who is portrayed as a impolite, arrogant and inconsiderate narcissist but was one hell of a chess player.
Now I don't know how much of this is true in real life when it comes to the Bobby Fischer's characteristics. However I do give this film respect for it trying to stay close to the source material while portraying a flawed chess player. Who isn't super likable and is someone the audience would probably not like enough to care as much but empathize with despite his chess playing gift. I just don't like to give respect to someone just because they are really good at something. I respect people that has integrity and has a heart and kindness without any harmful motives, being really good at something is a bonus.
But I do give credit where credit is do and Bobby Fischer did play one of the most important and greatest chess tournament during the 70's. And he is a legend when it comes to chess and was really good at thinking ahead and reading people. However he was a guy dealing with paranoia and even a bit of a spaz. However he is unpredictable, which probably played a factor in his playing style. Well at least how he was portrayed in this film. Like I said, I respect this film for trying to give a more realistic portrayal a very important chess game. Without it going in a overly dramatic and pretentious direction. Overall, this is a pretty decent watch, it wasn't anything mind-blowing or something that is impactful in a emotional level or anything like that.
But it is a good watch and I thought Tobey Maguire put on a fairly good performance in this. And Liev Schreiber nails it once again as the opposing rival. Hellmant 2 October Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson. I found the film to be extremely interesting, insightful and surprisingly intense.However as it stands, it's a good Nt1310 Unit 5 Lab Report with a pawn sacrifice film build up and a somewhat thrilling tournament which involves two players, a board and pieces. Internet cafe reading Posts. Well at least Nt1310 Unit 5 Lab Report he was portrayed in this film.