Flash Movie Review: Pawn Sacrifice

I called it a goal; my friends said it was an obsession. When I planned this movie review site I decided I wanted to do one movie review a day for the entire year. No matter what holiday, in sickness and in health, even on vacation; I planned to write a new film review each and every day for 365 days. And you know what, I did it. Trust me when I tell you it was not always easy. I remember leaving many social functions to race home and get a review posted. Even after working all day then teaching at night, my classes would even ask me what movie I was reviewing that evening and I would tell them only the title, for they would have to wait until I got home to write it. I never considered this an obsession, though I could see where some people would question my sanity. It was more like a challenge and I wanted to be able to say I posted movie reviews for an entire year. After reaching my goal I have to be honest I was relieved. It was getting to me especially on weekends; trying to figure out the logistics to post reviews, going to movies, meeting friends and family for a meal or activity was driving me to exhaustion. That is when I decided to take the weekends off from writing and if something came up during the week where I could not get a review posted to not beat myself up for it. So you see I do not think I have an obsession, though I know there could be a fine line between it and reality.    DURING the cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union a battle was brewing over a chess match between American chess prodigy Bobby Fisher, played by Tobey Maguire (Labor Day, Seabiscuit), and world chess champion Boris Spassky, played by Liev Schreiber (A Perfect Man, Fading Gigolo). Based on a true story this biographical drama had a compelling story that revealed more than I remembered about the chess games. I thought the acting was spot on, including Peter Sarsgaard (Black Mass, Flightplan) as Father Bill Lombardy; however the script was somewhat flawed. Where I wanted to sympathize with Bobby’s plight, I felt the script made him out to simply be an arrogant, hard to get along with hole. The scenes were setup in such a way to provide a good dose of tension, but as the movie progressed I grew tired of Bobby’s rants. Maybe they did happen in real life, but I did not find enough background story to the characters. It just seemed as if we were seeing the same “craziness” over and over with little explanation. At the end of the film I came away wondering where Bobby placed on that fine line between an obsessive genius and insanity.


2 3/4 stars





About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on September 25, 2015, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. I think I liked this one more than you..it happens..ha! It was how Bobby Fisher was and I really thought Tobey embodied that character well..and I found it actually suspenseful!! Chess??!! who knew! 😀

  2. Glad you created the website, MJ – it’s not an obsession. It’s your passion! Don’t think I’ll see this movie, since, as you say, Bobby Fischer seemed to be an arrogant tool. I’m trying to find movies that are positive throughout, and haven’t been able to find one. Not necessarily uplifting; just not a downer filled with negative people in a bleak setting. Maybe that’s an idea for your next site – Light-hearted Movies.com! No pressure, though. Take care!

    • Thank you for the feedback and I totally understand with all the negativity out there, who wants more in a movie. Hopefully we will have some light-hearted fare coming up soon. Thanks for your support and kind words.

  3. Wow! Posting everyday for a year. Congratulations on a huge accomplishment!

  4. For your achievement of the nearly impossible, posting every day for a year, and watching that many films, I’ve nominated you for the Creative Blogger Award. You can go to my post, http://joannebretzer.com/2015/09/26/creative-blogger-award/, and see as much as I know about it. Thanks for the writing and the beautifully written reviews.

  5. It is absolutely amazing to learn about your persistence in doing something so complicated for every day. I remember that I saw something similar (and yet completely different) on the TV – old guy decided to go up on the mountain every day for one year. But I still consider your dedication stronger, because you were working and then coming back home and preparing the review, which is so WOW. In your place, I would rather close all my tablets, computers, and smartphones into a kitchen safe with a digital lock that would not open till the morning.

  6. It is not a obsession it is just pleasure…. I love cinema too much …. Congratulations for your efforts…. 🙂 🙂

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