Wimbledon

Wimbledon

Director: Richard Loncraine Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Paul Bettany, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
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I am not a sports a person, but I love this movie. I only knew a little bit about tennis from high school gym class, but I was biting my fist in anticipation throughout the movie. Plus Paul Bettany is a beast.
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This is one of those movies that I was convinced would not fly for a couple of reasons: first of all, how could a film that takes Wimbledon as its title ever do the tournament and the sport justice- that is without becoming dryly boring through a documentary-like approach? Secondly, and related to the first reason, how could a romantic comedy which would be at all entertaining fit into that same context? Well- guess what? They pulled it off. Director Richard Loncraine, who confesses that he not only is not a tennis tournament fan but also knows very little about the sport, was able to strike a nice balance between scenes containing light romance, action and comedy. Likewise, the pace of this film is refreshing - maintaining a focus on the Wimbledon event while avoiding the temptation to get bogged down in the mire of either technical jargon or antiseptic analysis that might confuse or discourage the viewer. Loncraine is aided in his effort by a solid script full of wonderfully witty lines in a story that, although is predictable enough, still keeps you attentive for each new scene. But the most important reason this movie works is the outstanding performance of Paul Bettany as Peter Court, an almost over-the-hill British tennis pro simply seeking to go out with dignity in his last hurrah. His convincing, self-effacing portrayl keeps you rooting for him throughout- even when he seems to have failed to do so himself. His attraction to and chemistry with Kirsten Dunst, cast well as the over-confidant young American female star on the rise, is just as believable. No less impressive, however, is the excellent supporting work turned in by Sam Neil, Jon Favreau, and especially Jon McAvoy as Bettany's mischievously doubting but ultimately loyal brother. Rounding out the wise selection of cinema players, the producers decided, thankfully, not to use the distraction of any real-life tennis stars, save for the cameos by John McEnroe and Kris Evert who provide a bit of spice playing themselves as TV commentators. I came to this with a very skeptical eye, expecting to find formula and pap. Call me a softy, but I instead was treated to a charming little film that gently but firmly puts the in-your-face, Rocky-types in their place. It was a pleasure to watch (more than once).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always found tennis an interesting and fun sport. However, deciding to go see Wimbledon I have to say was for Kirsten Dunst, because she is my favorite actress. Kirsten did a brilliant job playing a famous tennis player and I can definitely see her as one in real life because she looks like one and she has the energy. Kirsten’s acting portrayed a lot of youth and I like that she went for the gold. The other actors in the movie preformed very well too, though the screenwriter could have developed the characters a little further to make them seem more interesting. For example, Peter’s brother in the movie didn’t have a big part, yet he didn’t seem to have personality at all. I think that his character could have had a bigger part and this would have held my attention more. The storyline overall was really good and I enjoyed the on-and-off romance between Peter and Lizzie. In the end, the finals tennis match will surely keep your attention until the credits. There were people in the theater occasionally “cheering” and “booing” when the tennis match was on. In tennis “love” is scored as “0”, but there is no lack of “love” for Wimbledon! I think that this was a good movie and if you enjoy tennis and romance then this movie is one to see!
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