Posted on Thursday, August 6th, by Ethan Anderton. Critical Thinking should have made a triumphant debut at the South by Southwest film festival earlier this year, but the coronavirus pandemic ruined all that. The movie tells the true story of a group of Latinx and Black teens living in the toughest under-served ghetto in Miami who strive towards becoming national chess champions. But as the first Critical Thinking trailer shows, this movie directed by and starring John Leguizamo is much more than an average underdog sports drama.
Based on a true story, Critical Thinking follows John Leguizamo as a Miami high school teacher leading his underserved students to the National Chess Championship. John Leguizamo makes his directorial feature film debut with a story that hits close to his heart. He continues, "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 may not go to because chess is the great equalizer. When Martinez faces opposition from the school board on sending his students to a competition, he pushes back. The film has notes of the Edward James Olmos film Stand and Deliver , with both films centering on the true stories of high school teachers trying to guide their students toward a better life.
This hasn't premiered at any festivals, but still looks like a worthwhile watch. The film tells true story of the Miami Jackson High School chess team which was the first inner city team to win the U. National Chess Championship in This looks quite enjoyable, a simple film about the importance of playing chess and sharpening your mind. Based on a true story from , five LatinX and Black teenagers from the toughest underserved ghetto in Miami fight their way into the National Chess Championship under the guidance of their unconventional but inspirational teacher.
Veteran actor John Leguizamo stepped behind-the-camera to make his feature film directorial debut in the drama Critical Thinking and discovered he feels very much at home in that role. For more than three decades, the Emmy Award-winning actor has brought to life many beloved characters thanks to his special blend of comedy and drama at the most unexpected times. But Leguizamo's priorities have shifted as of late, learning he could help affect more change in Hollywood by using his power and influence to showcase the talents of Black and brown actors in Hollywood with projects like Critical Thinking.