For our most recent movie night, we watched Endgame with our four kids, and it was a movie that impressed. Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family) was superb as José, a young Texan boy, who finds himself pulled down by living in his older brother’s shadow. Endgame is a fictional story based on true events that depicts how an impoverished high school in the border town of Brownsville, Texas, started a chess team and went on to become state champions.
José’s older brother Miguel is a soccer star, and he bathes in the spotlight, to the envy of his younger brother. Jose feels neglected, he doesn’t feel heard, and as a result he begins to act out. Thanks to his school’s chess team,José finds his way through some of the darkest moments in his life, all while dealing with the realities of being a student in a world that puts obstacles in front of him at every turn.
Endgame is a movie full of teaching moments, and my husband I did not even have to point out the moments, as our boys ages 13, 10 and 7 had many comments to share, when they saw teenagers drink and drive or do other things that might be harmful to them or others. This movie is about much more than teaching moments, it is about the raw feelings that life brings about and the way in which we all handle these feelings differently.
Our 13-year-old son especially appreciated how the movie highlighted the emphasis on never giving up, and he liked the message that each of us have to find our path toward success as well as how success comes in many different shapes.
This family movie inspired by true events is a must see for families with tweens and teens, and it is a movie that is a great conversation starter so make sure you watch it with the kids. Endgame features many of the same problems that our kids used to deal with while living in South Florida, and it highlighted issues such as bullying, immigration and more that are so current in our children’s lives.
This star-ladded movie also features Ivonne Colle and Justina Machado, who give exemplary performances, and to our sons’ delight, it centers arund the game of chess. Our kids are big chess players, and I personally enjoyed how the game of chess was handed down from one generation to another just as it has been in our family. When everything else is falling down around him, Jose seeks comfort in playing chess with his abuelita, and he takes the lessons he learns and let them lead him toward success.
With the movie Endgame, now released on DVD, Shout! Factory has brought yet another family movie to American families, and this one is a movie not to miss.
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Disclaimer: The Frugality Is Free family received a complimentary sample for the purpose of writing a review, no monetary compensation was received. Any opinions expressed above are based solely on our family’s experience with the Transformers DVD, and additional information was provided by Shout! Factory.