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Geri sets up a chess game to play his greatest opponent - himself.

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In a park, an old man is playing a game of chess against himself; he's physically moving from side to side as he plays from white to black. As the game progresses, the two sides of himself become individual and distinct players, "white" being the pensive and thoughtful side, "black" being the aggressive hard hitting side. But as the game looks to be coming to a conclusion, white makes a surprisingly aggressive move which could change what looked to be the obvious outcome of the game. Written by Huggo

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Good animation but lacking a really good punch line
11 February 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It is probably because Pixar have done little else but set a very high bar for themselves, but for this short film I was a little disappointed by how straightforward it was. The plot sees an old man called Geri set up a chess board in the park and proceed to play against himself by swapping chairs each move; as the game becomes more intense, Original Geri (OG) finds himself under threat of losing.

The idea is a nice one here and the animation impresses as it always seems to do with Pixar, albeit that compared to later advances you can see the lack of texturing and detail back then, but this is a limit of the period not the film. The films builds nicely as we see the game unfold but to me the ending was not strong enough or funny enough to really make an impact. The closing joke is a simple one that doesn't really make sense in the context since he is only really cheating himself (although more is not made of this) and although I was amused by the short, I didn't find it gave me the sort of impact (comedy or emotion) that many of the Pixar shorts can do.

For sure this is worth seeing because the films from Pixar mostly are worth seeing, but it is a solid short, not a great one and as such it is below the very high bar that they have established for themselves.


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