Gripping story with a powerful message about the fragility of creative genius. I especially liked these words towards the end: 'Most of us think within very narrow boundaries, but occasionally an individual manages to get outside of the box. Those are the people who make new discoveries, creative people. But occasionally it is difficult to get back into the box... His genius and his illness are joined at the hip.'
the doc's conventional and dull assembly rarely gets the most out of the material, and the emotional points are too easily delivered. that said, it's still effective and seriously compelling. it would take a badly made doc to make this story non-compelling, non-tragic
The doc's slick, talking headsy style doesn't really suit such an idiosyncratic, sometimes repugnant figure. (In particular, I could've done without Malcolm Galdwell essentially using the movie as an opportunity to hawk one of his books.) Instead, it shoehorns Fischer into a comforting box. Nonetheless, the archival footage is fascinating.