Borg vs McEnroe

Borg vs McEnroe

Janus Metz Pedersen (2017)

103min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The epic Centre Court battle at Wimbledon 1980 provides the backdrop to this solid drama examining the men behind the match, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe. Their rivalry was a media dream: the ice-cool champion seeking a record-breaking fifth successive title pitted against his only serious contender, the brattish New Yorker on the block. Accompanying biographical elements tell us more about the Swedish superstar (Sverrir Gudnason, bearing an uncanny resemblance to the tennis legend), while what viewers learn about McEnroe (a surprisingly subdued Shia LaBeouf) barely ventures beyond newspaper headlines of the time. Director Janus Metz stages the final showdown with flair, lightning-fast edits and vertiginous overhead camera shots that really crank up the tension, although its impact is lessened by the fact that almost everyone already knows the outcome. Stellan Skarsgård impresses as Borg's Zen-like coach Lennart Bergelin, but most of the other characters are reduced to near clichés in a film that holds the attention but never quite serves an ace.

Summary

During the summer of 1980, acclaimed Swedish tennis player Bjorn Borg is training for an unprecedented fifth consecutive Wimbledon men's singles title, with only one thing standing in his way - the brash and abrasive young American John McEnroe. A rivalry develops between the pair, culminating in one of the greatest matches of all time in that year's final. Biopic, starring Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf and Stellan Skarsgard.

Cast & Crew

John McEnroe Shia LaBeouf
Bjorn Borg Sverrir Gudnason
Lennart Bergelin Stellan Skarsgård
Mariana Simionescu Tuva Novotny
George Barnes David Bamber
Mats Hasselqvist Claes Ljungmark
Kay McEnroe Jane Perry
Vitas Gerulaitas Robert Emms
Peter Fleming Scott Arthur
Jimmy Connors Tom Datnow
John McEnroe Sr Ian Blackman
Director Janus Metz Pedersen
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Other Information

Language: English, Swedish, French, Spanish, German +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Curzon Artificial EyeGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 22 Sep 2017
Drama