Very cool film about two amazing tennis players and an epic Wimbledon tennis final. I was a bit sceptical how it would be possible to make a good film about tennis but this one is a real gem full of suspense and with a positive touch in the end. Some great complex personalities and a common passion. Recommended.
I loved the way the film took the Borg/McEnroe rivalry as a larger lesson in studying competition and the desire to be the best. The film wonderfully contrasts the mind games each player employs to distract the opponent; Borg's unsettling calm and McEnroe's fiery temper. In particular, the deconstruction of Borg's celebrity and persona were really well done.
Sports rivalry definitely makes the sport world more emotional and intense despite some bad blood. Borg v McEnroe cannot be called rivalry at the full meanin. They offered one of the most exceptional grand slam finale and after that they become very good mates. In 3 yrs they met 14 times, 7 wins each.
Janus Metz missed some easy break points with his approach. The tennis scenes at the end were really soft.
I couldn't care less for Shia Labeouf and I'm not a big fan of hollywood's melodramatic and dully operatic bio films, but goddamn if this ain't one of the bests yet (it also helps if you love tennis). All the internal drama and flashbacks can be a bit annoying and repetitive, yes, but they come full circle once, after a surprisingly breathtaking final match, we are served with a very subdued and endearing ending.