Borg Vs McEnroe Reviews and Ratings
The actual tennis looks convincing, an achievement that should go a long way with fans, who can easily be turned away by messy recreations of their favourite sport (I’m looking at you, Kirsten Dunst).
But as a piece of filmmaking, we deserve better. As a sports film, we’ve seen better. The ball is now in Emma Stone and Steve Carell’s court. Advantage, Battle of the Sexes.
In quintessential Tennis lingo, Janus Metz’s biopic is a nerve-racking five-setter that leaves you gasping for breath. Like a classic centre court final, this tense and thrilling sports drama heads to a nail-biting climax, thus evoking unprecedented attention throughout. Borg’s motto – ‘One point at a time’ is also perhaps the most significant life lesson that one can take home from this stunning masterpiece that studies two men, who played to win.
It is a treat for those who had watched the live matches on television as it revives memories, and apart from that, the film has enough elements to appeal to even neophytes of the sport.
The movie works better when it slows down to examine its characters and the actors who beautifully play them. Sverrir Gudnason and Shia LeBeouf are in top form, both on and off the court, and the match itself is a satisfyingly tense nail-biter despite the ridiculous flashbacks during key match points.