One day in Blockbuster, I was looking through the movies and stumbled across one called 'The Wizard'. Also being quite fascinated with mages and wizards, I wondered if it would be a movie about magic. It turned out that the movie was about a wizard...of sorts. (An FYI, I watched this movie years ago, so most of the details I'm pulling from Wikipedia).
The Wizard (1989) revolves around a young boy named Jimmy. After a tragic accident in which his twin sister dies, he suffers from a serious mental condition. He hardly interacts with those around him, builds things out of blocks, always caries a lunch box with him, and only says the word 'California'. After Jimmy is placed in a institution, his older brother, Corey, breaks him out. Corey eventually discovers that Jimmy is a wizard at playing video games. Corey and Jimmy team up with another girl to get to California, all the while trying to evade pursuit from a crazy missing child hunter. Corey eventually enters Jimmy into a video game playing contest. After winning the contest, Corey and Jimmy are reunited with their family and the mystery of Jimmy's obsession with 'California' is revealed.
As a child who loved video games, I loved this movie. As an adult, I realize that it was a little cheesy and contained a lot of blatant product placement by Nintendo. Still, I find the story to be heartwarming and an interesting tale about following your dreams. I give the movie a B+ rating.