It's kind of a hot mess — just the structure of the narrative (a redemption story for both guys) makes it difficult because in the end there can only be one winner. Having said that the technical work (that final match is an incredible cinematic feat) and the acting by the three leads (LaBeefcake, Gudnason, and Skarsgård) make it worth watching.
"Borg McEnroe" e doar un prozaic film biografic. Dar Shia LaBeouf, un păcălitor obraznic în Hollywood, e nemaipomenit ca de obicei. Shia înnebunind naibii, Shia distrugînd racheta de tenis a lui, Shia scuipînd multă salivă. Regizorul, totodată, nu poate să-l folosească pe Shia complet. Cretin!// 「ボルグ/マッケンロー」はただの退屈な伝記映画だ。だがシャイア・ラブーフ、ハリウッドのイタズラ野郎はいつものように素晴らしい。ブチ切れるシャイア、ラケットをブッ壊すシャイア、唾ブチ撒けるシャイア。しかし監督が彼を全く上手く使えてない。クソッタレ！
This film opens with a quote about how tennis is a microcosm of the whole of human life, which is somewhat ironic given that the only emotion it seems to be interested with is quiet moping. A very technically competent film, with some great acting performances, but in the end, it didn't manage to convince me these characters and story are best told with such a one-note and dire tone.
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. 7.5/10
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.
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.