SOME STARS SHINE FOREVER.
In 1980, two of the tennis world’s biggest names, Björn Borg and John McEnroe (Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf), prepare for a showdown at Wimbledon. The kind of sports drama where two athletes compete for glory and we realize that they have more in common than they would admit. Borg was cool and focused, McEnroe intense and temperamental; in flashbacks, we can spot similarities in childhood experiences. Much like Rush (2013), the film captures its era and the sport well. Not much depth or tension, but the actors are fine, Gudnason the spitting image of Borg.
2017-Sweden-Czech Republic-Denmark-Finland. 105 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Janus Metz. Screenplay: Ronnie Sandahl. Cinematography: Niels Thastum. Cast: Sverrir Gudnason (Björn Borg), Shia LaBeouf (John McEnroe), Stellan Skarsgård (Lennart Bergelin), Tuva Novotny, Robert Emms, Jason Forbes… Björn Granath, Claes Ljungmark.
Trivia: Original title: Borg. Young Borg (age 9) is played by the tennis player’s son, Leo.