Director: Benjamin Ree
Screenplay: Linn-Jeanethe Kyed, Benjamin Ree
Starring: Magnus Carlsen, Garry Kasparov, Viswanathan Anand
Running Time: 78 min
BBFC Certificate: U
Not many know this but as a young child I was chess obsessed, even to the point of competing in tournaments for my school. I was good but in comparison to Magnus carlsen I was likened to an idiot child moving the pieces in random and clumsy ways. As a child this man surpassed the skill level of many of the top masters and secured himself as a chess genius. This documentary tells the story of his path from child prodigy to chess master.
The main problem with this documentary is that it is very hard going and in my personal opinion is not for fans of chess but for the fans of Magnus Carlsen. As great a player as he may be I must admit to finding this very boring after about twenty mins. I wish I could give this a raving review but unfortunately at this moment in time I’m afraid I can’t.
I am unsure whether that is due to the topic or the director, as he is actually rather new to this by the look of it, as this is his first feature length documentary. I will be watching his career with eager anticipation as there is definitely potential with the directing of this film though. It pains me to admit but I think my problem is more due to the subject matter.
If you are interested in viewing it then it will be available in cinemas from the 25th of November.
Although this was not a film for me I hope that if you do see it, you will enjoy it