Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Greatest Game Ever Played. B


There have not been many dramatizations of true events in the game of golf. Though I think most people would prefer a golf comedy like 'Happy Gilmore,' 'The Greatest Game Ever Played,' surprisingly directed by Bill Paxton, is still a solid, fun tale of a underdog who rises up to the pros-plus it's all true. Shia LaBeouf plays the hero, Francis Quimet, a poor boy whose secret talent is hitting a golf ball. When the opportunity arises for Francis to play in the U.S Open, he takes it, despite having promised his austere father that he would never play golf again. The public thinks that Francis, who is an amateur, won't stand a chance against British champion Harry Vardon, (Stephen Dillane) who Francis idolized as a kid. Josh Flitter plays Eddie Lowery, Quimet's young, confident caddy. One thing that I liked about this movie is that Quimet's opponent, Vardon, was not brought out as a villain. We find that in many of the Disney sports epics, so to reverse the trend was rather refreshing. I disliked how much computers factored in to the ball is flying through the air. It is obviously fake, and though it excites the senses, I would have preferred a more traditional approach, especially since the story takes place in 1913. Back then the word 'computer' was still a total unknown.

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