Jake’s review published on Letterboxd:
He’s responsible for several of the best movies ever made — so when I say this might be my favorite Steven Zaillian film, I know how that sounds.
I’ve always been a sucker for movies about prodigy and genius (jealous I guess). There’s something profoundly fun about watching a person be really smart. (Do we like it because by keeping pace it makes us feel clever too?)
There’s an unassuming depth to the movie. This isn’t a movie about children — it’s about adults.
I can’t stop reflecting on what Zaillian explores here:
True genius and how the “wise” presume to shape it.
How much of childhood trauma is failed teaching?
What society values isn’t necessarily what’s best for us.
Adults: creatures doomed to duplicate their own imperfections in children.
Goodness/benevolence/decency — not just something society undervalues, but something it’ll stamp out of you if undefended.
What’s more important than genius? Than greatness? Than immortality?