Young Ivan Drago's newfound love of board games catapults him into the fantastical and competitive world of game invention, and pits him against the inventor Morodian, who has long desired to destroy the city of Zyl, founded by Ivan's grandfather. To save his family and defeat Morodian, Ivan must come to know what it is to be a true GAMES MAKER.
|Original Title||:||El Inventor de Juegos|
|Release Date||:||July 3, 2014|
|Production Company||:||Sepia Films, DAP Italy, Televisión Federal (Telefe), Pampa Films, Benteveo Producciones, 7Glab Entertainment, Orinoco Films|
|Production Countries||:||Argentina, Canada, Italy|
|Director||:||Juan Pablo Buscarini|
|Writers||:||Juan Pablo Buscarini, Pablo De Santis|
|Casts||:||Ed Asner, David Mazouz, Joseph Fiennes, Tom Cavanagh, Valentina Lodovini, Megan Charpentier, Alejandro Awada, Vando Villamil|
|Plot Keywords||:||inventor, board game, children, orphan, based on children's book|
The Games Maker is beautiful--the filming, sets and costumes. It's the story of a boy who is growing to be a game inventor. He unravels the secrets of his family's past, and discovers what outside forces are trying to influence his life.
You might enjoy it if you like these movies: It's like Harry Potter's coming-of-age story of a talented kid challenged at home and at school. The narrator and strange, funny faces reminded me of A Series of Unfortunate Events. The brave kid and unique companions are sort of like Wes Anderson films, and like the pacing and visuals of Moonrise Kingdom.
Other reviews commented on how complicated the story is, and that is the downside. The strings could have been tied up better. The characters he meets seem to be tokens of ideas, but these are not obviously tied into the theme that his life is a game. Knight and Bishop are named after game pieces, but why? The movie could be improved by clearly showing how each step was like a game,and by speeding up the scenes. His life story was mostly like the board game,Candy Land, a colorful path to the end.
I enjoyed this movie, and would recommend it to fans of the movies mentioned above, although it is one level below in quality.