Since tomorrow is National Chess Day in the United States, why not catch a new chess flick that was released last month?
CRITICAL THINKING is the latest film directed by and starring John Leguizamo. Here, he plays a Cuban-American teach who takes his Miami Jackson High School Students to the national championship.
The story is based on a true story. While the plot is similar to other Chess movies (kids rise above their socioeconomic challenges to succeed at chess), it still has plenty in the plot to keep it unique and fresh.
The movie has wonderful character development and each has a unique struggle they are facing. Chess serves as an outlet for them to express themselves and to succeed when their teachers and parents expect so little of them. As Mr. Martinez frequently says in the movie, "Chess is the great equalizer." Indeed it is.
It is definitely worth a watch. I purchased the digital version and added it to my growing collection of chess movies.
So this week, in honor of National Chess Day, kick and enjoy CRITICAL THINKING and let me know what you thought of it in the comments below.
If you'd like to watch the trailer, here it is: