Although I found the film hard to watch, the performances by the leads were so profoundly rewarding that they lifted me up in awe and made me cry. That film is still waiting to be made. Fischer was from Brooklyn and he lacked a formal education. Maguire gives the performance of his life. Fischer won the rematch in Belgrade but had his passport revoked and subsequently became a refugee from American Law for the rest of his life -- bouncing around incognito from country to country behind a full beard he had grown as a disguise.
The greatest streak in grandmaster history. The film, overall, is a highly polished, professionally produced mediocre picture. And I think that is disrespectful to a brilliant man who is no longer here to defend himself. More movies like this should be made. This film has no tempo. To begin with, Fischer's brand of chess is what made him so unique and extraordinary -- not his moods or his wild conspiracy theories. .
The supporting cast was good, but Tobey Mcguire stole the show,giving one of the best performances of the year. What that means is that they have taken skeletal details about Bobby Fischer's life and about his increasing paranoia and mental instability, and about his historic world championship match with Boris Spassky, and crafted imaginary but plausible characters and plot points which might have fit the known narrative. You won't be able to take your eyes off of it. The title of the film refers to a well known chess move in which one of the eight pawns is sacrificed to gain a temporary strategic advantage. Start with the casting itself. Liev Schreiber, in the commentary, says that chess masters must constantly predict their opponent's attacks, and that doing so contributes to paranoia. This film failed to tell that story.
If you don't know about it by now, you are either very young or you live under a rock. His tantrums and his stares as he is building irrational thoughts about conspiracies and imaginable dangers are s strong plus to the film. Don't claim it to be the story of a real person, a historic person of immense importance, to give your invented story a gravitas it does not otherwise deserve. But I found him too good. Was he schizophrenic or autistic? The producers badly missed the mark here.
His lack of a father? Finally, a good film from a brilliant director like Zwick after a pause. The acting was fine, Spiderman and Wolverine's brother did well to keep their mutant abilities in check for some good chess. This flick takes place during the cold war, where America legend Bobby Fischer finds himself in the middle of a political crisis between America and the Soviet Empire. During the Cold War, Bobby Fischer faces his toughest opponent yet, Russian chess player Boris Spassky Liev Schreiber. Wanting to prove to everyone, and himself that is is the best in the world he sets up a series of matches with Boris Spassky Schreiber , the best player in the world. He was part of a Russia vs. This is one of these movies, like All the President's Men, that has figured out how to bring intense drama to hard work and tedious thoroughness.
Frankly, they should have just made a film about Spassky with Schreiber in the lead. This film really misses the point of Bobby Fischer's' life. Tobey instead made him sound like an ass. These three actors are superb, and each has a moment on screen that absolutely took my breath away. It's especially hard to watch for anyone who remembers the Fischer-Spassky match. Pawn Sacrifice is an engaging and well made biopic that is a rich work of cinema. The real Bobby Fischer was noticeably tall and slim with very striking facial features: piercing eyes, prominent nose, large, curved lips and a sprinkling of facial moles.
The chess was all he cared about, that and money. What is most troubling about this film, as well as many films these days, its attempting to revise history in a way that is most palatable to the masses. He was an important figure in Bobby's life until he died when Bobby was 9. For a time he took up refuge in Chigasaki, Japan, under the tutelage and protection of Go expert Waclaw Lukasiewicz, but was arrested by the Japs and threatened with deportation, until Iceland finally offered him asylum and full citizenship. Tobey Maguire is short and slight, with refined features, darker hair and no moles. For a movie about chess I have to say the movie was actually pretty exciting to watch, and Maguire really surprised me with his acting. He was also a bit of a bully.
This wonderful film is like the bumblebee. Not the crazy man nor the strong silent one. Yet if they really felt like this, why make a movie about Fischer at all? The implication is that Bobby's chess genius is inextricably tied to his mental illness. Okay, I came of age intellectually during the Bobby Fisher years, always admired his rebellious spirit and sheer brilliance, played a little chess myself. I'm old enough to remember the World Championship match in Iceland in 1972. In reality, Fischer was almost certainly somewhere high on the Autistic spectrum.