08 Dec, 2017 1 hr 52 mins U/A
Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgard, Robert Emms, David Bamber, Jane Perry
Synopsis
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.
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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
Story: An ode to the beauty of Tennis, which is rooted in its unpredictable and demanding nature, this biographical sports thriller recreates the epic 'fire and ice' battle between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe in the 1980 Wimbledon final and the events that led to that iconic clash. Review: Not many sports films manage to go beyond listing down the on-field victories and defeats of an athlete. They either succumb to idol worship by revering the sportsman or solely milk the controversies that made headlines. The psychological tenacity that goes into the making of a champion is often overlooked. Janus Metz's unnerving character study of Tennis legends Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe smartly decodes that unexplored aspect of sportsmen. What lies beneath the glories and tribulations? Captivating from beginning to end, the film dares to unmask their contrasting temperaments — Borg's placid demeanour and McEnroe's volatile exterior, for us to discover how similar these two men actually were. Borg concealed his emotions so that they don't get used against him. While it worked for him on field, it cost him his peace of mind. McEnroe on the contrary wore his heart on his sleeve and suffered for not being considered suitable to play the 'gentleman's sport'. The film explores this common restlessness between the two in a compelling way. However, unlike Ron Howard's spectacular Formula One film 'Rush' (2013) that predominantly showcased the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, Borg McEnroe is a tad lopsided. It essentially focuses on Borg's fears and psyche more than his competition with the hot-headed American. But you don't mind it a bit, given how masterfully the director juxtaposes the Swede's fierce competitiveness and superstitions with his ice cold countenance. Keeping the physical similarities aside, Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason deserves a standing ovation for making us (the generation that grew up on Nadal-Federer rivalry) witness the brilliance of Bjorn Borg and what made him one of the greatest male Tennis players of the open era. He makes you forget that he is an actor and not the Swedish legend. Shia LaBeouf stuns you with his performance as well. Their command over the game is simply commendable. 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.
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Avg Users’ Rating 3.6/5 ( 10 users )
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Godfather Senior
A good one scoring 3.6/5.0.
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Raghu Mettu
Like a classic centre court final, this tense and thrilling sports drama heads to a nail-biting climax
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Prafulla Srivastav
One of the best sport rivalry showcased with so much thriller. What pressure underneath pressure for the players before any big tournament was perfectly picturized.First half was the foundation of plot and second half was the nail biting thriller for every one. Hats off to director Janus Metz for mesmerizing Tennis Rivalry. Performance of lead actors (Sverrir Gudnason & Shia LaBeouf)was so real that you watched as Tennis player,not movie stars. Great supporting roles from Stellan Skarsgård and Tuva Novotny. Dialogues were full of punches. "The Entire world is waiting for these two giants to enter like Two gladiators." was the best one.
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