“Magnus,” The Acclaimed Documentary About The Greatest Chess Player In The World, Is Available On DVD And Blu-Ray
February 27, 2017 — On November 30th, Magnus Carlsen defeated Sergey Karjakin in the World Chess Championship to retain his title as the world Champion.
Very few who follow the world of chess were surprised. Magnus Carlsen remains one of the most baffling, original and fascinating chess champions of all time.
In fact, some maintain that he is the greatest champion of all time, and is often referred to as “the Mozart of Chess,” because of his endlessly inventive play.
Magnus, the acclaimed documentary on this remarkable young man, is about genius.
Reviews have praised the film.
“You don’t need to know the game of chess at all to see the unconditional love that Magnus’ amiable father has for his son and how proud he and the rest of his family are of Magnus’ amazing achievements; nor do you need to know chess to appreciate what Magnus has done in re-igniting the game for a new generation of children around the world; or to grasp the extraordinary feats of strategy unfolding in front of your eyes.” FilmPulse 2016 (Tribeca)
“What made Magnus, the film, compelling was that it allowed un-initiates to see the contest through its participants’ eyes, and made the consequent highs, lows, and stressful in-betweens universally relatable for what they were, as opposed to what they were pertaining to. The film succeeds by being as focused as its subject.” Film Review
“Magnus focusses on the story of World Champion chess player Magnus Carlsen, an absolute genius who, in his early twenties, managed to achieve, and maintain the highest rating in the chess history. Director Benjamin Ree opens his film with the media circus that surrounds Carlsen at the 2013 World Chess Championship, where the chess player has the opportunity to take the world title if he beats reigning champ, Indian grandmaster Viswanathan Anand over the course of what would be ten intense games. Teasing us with the outcome, Ree immediately takes us to the title card, and then to a static talking head with Carlsen’s father, Henrik Albert Carlsen, our guide for this involving piece of superb documentary filmmaking.” The Hollywood News
Magnus is available on DVD and Blu-ray, or you can stream it immediately on Amazon Video.