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Borg McEnroe

Borg McEnroe Movie Review 2017: A Grand Smash

CRITIC'S RATING    3.0/5
AVG READERS' RATING:    3.5/5
Movie Name
Borg McEnroe
DIRECTION
Janus Metz Pedersen
GENRE
Biography, Drama, Sports
DURATION
01 hours 50 minutes

Borg McEnroe Review

It's a rare film that Janus Metz directs, bringing alive an iconic Wimbledon match that's regarded as one of the best ever. It certainly was a fierce five-set clash where two opponents didn't just tire each other out, they were two contrasting temperaments that sweated it out there on the center court. Aptly called the ‘Fire & Ice' combo, Metz presents the unflappable Bjorn Borg, four-time Wimbledon winner as he prepares for his fifth. The Swede already a legend when tempestuous American brat John McEnroe challenges him on the hallowed grounds of Wimbledon. Borg cool but fussy, fastidious and superstitious. Same car, same room, same temperature, same seats for his parents. Testing and tuning his racquets the night before a game, like a musician with his instrument, like conducting an orchestra with complete obsession.

On the other hand is McEnroe, throwing tantrums around and not endearing himself to anybody. Picking up fights with the chair umpire.

It's a volcano versus cool vanilla ice cream with glimpses into Borg's past, a bit of McEnroe's too. But it's the ultimate showdown in Wimbledon that it all leads to. And an unlikely friendship that mutual respect brings about.

For a match that you can catch on YouTube if you're too young to have seen it live in 1980, Metz keeps the game thrilling, not like a documentary.

The casting is very interesting with SverrirGudnason almost seeming like the placid Bjorn Borg. As the tantrum throwing superbrat, Shia La Beouf serves an ace. And Bjorn Borg's real-life son Leo comes in to play the childhood part which is a nice touch.

Ronnie Sandahl's writing keeps it watchable for the two contrasting personalities which is dinned in perhaps a tad too much.

A subject like this has restricted appeal as it's a match where the outcome has been public knowledge for 37 years. But you don't have to be a tennis fan to feel the thrill of each game as Borg and McEnroe serve and smash as if their lives depended on it.


Analysis

    Direction
    3/5
  • Dialogues
    2.5/5
  • Story
    3/5
  • Music
    2.5/5
  • Screen Play
    2.5/5

The Verdict

Ronnie Sandahl's writing keeps it watchable for the two contrasting personalities which is dinned in perhaps a tad too much.
It has limited appeal but for re-introducing the viewer to two tennis greats, Borg McEnroe gets a 3* rating.


 

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