Review Fix Tribeca Film Festival Coverage: Blitz Review: Fun

“Blitz” is not only a unique film, but it’s simple and at its heart, fun.

Directed and written by Farady Okoro, the audience gets to witness a father and son play the fantastic game of chess, on a beautiful sunny day in the park. What is great about this short film is the dialog that takes place between father and son. There is a mixture of competitiveness as well as frustration as the young boy gets bored and wants to join his friends playing basketball several feet away.

While this short film is approximately nine minutes, we witness how the game of Chess is played along with the rules and the strategy that comes with it. The seven minutes of decision-making to decipher each move is fantastic. More importantly it teaches you how to think fast and strategically. Okoro does a wonderful job shooting how each of the chess moves are incorporated. The dad hits the times makes a move, the son does the same thing and so on and so forth.

Towards the father makes a bet with his son that if he loses, the son can go play basketball with his friends, but if he wins the son has to stay and continue to play chess. The best part about this bet was that the son made the rules in his favor. The father had about 40 seconds to make a move while the son had the full seven. This was definitely an advantage that the son capitalized on and as a result, won the game. The final shot of this film was excellent. As the dad was collecting his chess pieces with a look of disappointment on his face, the son looks back at him and says, let’s make it a best of two out of three.

While this film was short and simple, it was written and shot beautifully. An ordinary day in the park with a father and son playing chess together not only shows a bond, but it teaches you the value of how time can be spent using competitive knowledge with a little bit of love.

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At the site, I'm a music, television and graphic novel kind of guy and that's what I'll be writing for the most part. Expect some book and music reviews as well though [insert demon horns here]. I grew up in Bensonhurst Brooklyn, the same neighborhood many of the best mafia films of our day were based on, idolizing guys like Robert Deniro, Martin Scorsese and Al Pacino. I'm also a big sports fan and follow the New York Yankees immensely.

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