Critical Thinking (2020)


This a Covid-19 2020 minireview!

“All right, now, people, this is gonna be very basic for some of you, but for the fish, or the newbies as I like to call you, this is gonna be eye opening because what you’ve got is 64 squares, 32 pieces, it doesn’t matter how rich or poor you are, what Ivy League school you may go or you may not go to, what prison you hopefully never set foot in, because chess is the great equalizer.” – Mr. Martinez

Number of Times Seen – 1 (29 Dec 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of an inner city teacher who teaches his students the game of chess by inspiring the to real greatness.

Bottom Line – Very powerful story that works really well. John Leguizamo is perfect in the lead role. This is also a project close to his heart because he also helmed as director.  The story plays out really well and even for viewers less familiar with chess, they do a nice job of keeping things engaging throughout. The characters aren’t developed well enough here and they all seem a bit too stereotypical, yet still effective.  The story feels a bit truncated in certain points, but that is actually done to speed things up because they obviously cant show the entire matches that the characters play.  The fact that this film is based on true events enhances things so much along the way. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Over the credits, there are interviews with the real people who the movie is based on. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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