Saturday, May 5, 2018

Borg vs McEnroe (2017)

Director: Janus Metz. Cast: Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård. 107 min. Rated R. Sweden/Denmark/Finland. Biography/Sport.

The historic 1981 match between stressed-out anxiety-driven 4-time Wimbledon champion, Björn Borg, and self-loathing obscenity-hurling newcomer, John McEnroe. I didn't follow the match at the time, so the ending was a surprise to me. But that's not the point. Similar to Foxcatcher, with its dead-pan cinematography and lingering close-ups, the film sets a "mood": how an uber-competitive sport like tennis may not be such a fun game to play (the same feeling in Andre Agassi's memoir, "Open"). And I cannot imagine how they found a carbon copy of Borg in actor Sverrir Gudnason.

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