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Just as no man is a hero to his valet, no man is a genius to his family. Magnus is an engaging film about the life of 25-year-old Norwegian world chess champion Magnus Carlsen, as told largely through the eyes of his dad. Lovingly assembled by first-time feature film-maker Benjamin Ree (who, at 29, is Magnus’s peer), the film features archival footage and plenty of home movies shot by Magnus’s supportive clan, beginning when he was a toddler. Magnus is a kid who loves to swim and goof around on holiday . . .

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