It is the 1980 Wimbledon tennis championship. Bjorn Borg is the number 1 tennis player in the world and the undisputed king of Wimbledon. He has won the tournament four times in a row - a fifth consecutive time would be a world first. However, a new face has appeared in the tennis world and presents a serious threat to Borg's title hopes - John McEnroe.Written by
Scene early in the movie when Borg arrives at a hotel in a car prior to the 1980 Wimbeldon. He arrives to find paparazzi & a mob of fans waiting for him. The photographer has a Canon T-90 camera - but this camera was not released until 1986. See more »
You can't be serious! You can not be serious! The ball was on the line! Chalk flew all over, man. The chalk flew up! He saw it. That's why he's walking all over it. Everyone saw it was in. You cannot possibly call that out.
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I wanted a tennis film, and yep, I guess that's what one would be like.
The ultimate problem is this is just one big commercial, not a work of complex and nuanced cinema. Borg v McEnroe. Its point is there is no difference between the two, the one hides his emotion, the other doesn't. Shia as McEnroe is a method performance and you don't doubt it for a moment; we know he is that character already, being petulant and spoiled but driven. But it mostly focuses on Borg who is stoic, ironically more American in ethic. The arc is that Mc doesn't have outbursts in the finals which makes the crowd respect him. Somehow that reads. You feel proud of him for not screaming and behaving like a regular human being. They even milk out the moments he wants to shout, and they're expecting it, and he doesn't. Okay but that's comic, not the entire summation of his character? ...Right? Basic human decency? It felt silly and childish. While Borg's arc seems to be he wants to be free from this torture. He is horrible to his girlfriend, his coach, and not redeemed. Of course movies present hard workers as a cancer to everybody around them. Meaning both halves of the story are joyless and don't want to be there and hate every minute of this. It all makes the film both powerful to the gladiatorial war of tennis and the sacrifice of achieving greatness, but also very depressing. But...I wanted tennis films and yep, that's probably what one would be like. (One part I liked was the fiance pressing Borg about wedding matters and he tells her he can't think about that right now; when, with the same energy he could just give her an answer. I have so been there.)
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