Sundance Film Review: The Games Maker

Posted January 26, 2015 in
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The Games Maker
The Games Maker – Juan Pablo Buscarini Photo: Roman Osin

The Games Maker
Sundance Film Festival
Director: Juan Pablo Buscarini

The addition of the “Sundance Kids” section at the Sundance Film Festival is a perfect opportunity to engage the next generation of film enthusiasts, and Juan Pablo Buscarini’s family-friendly fantasy is the ideal accompaniment. The life of Ivan Drago (David Mazouz) is peculiar to say the least. While his father (Tom Cavanagh) sets his sights on hot air balloon adventures, Ivan dreams of creating board games like his aloof grandfather. After an accident leaves Ivan orphaned, the young inventor finds himself whisked away to a harsh boarding school only to escape and uncover the mystery behind the creator of a board game contest. Buscarini’s adaptation is a wonderful mix of The Wizard of Oz and Harry Potter. The well-crafted set designs will reignite anyone’s fascination for 1940s art deco. Mazouz shows his maturity as a child actor as he pits himself against veterans like Cavanagh and Joseph Fiennes. The creativity behind the characters’ origins as well as their environment will appease viewers of any age. It’s always a pleasure to have a film for children that refuses to underestimate the intelligence of its target audience. -Jimmy Martin


Screening Times:

Time: Saturday, Jan. 31 @ 12 p.m. Venue: Red Stone Cinema 1, Park City

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