TIFF 2017 Movie Review: BORG/McENROE (Sweden/Denmark/Finland 2017) ***

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2017. Go to TIFF 2017 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

Borg McEnroe Poster
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The story of the 1980s tennis rivalry between the placid Björn Borg and the volatile John McEnroe.

Director:

Janus Metz

Stars:

Shia LaBeoufStellan SkarsgårdSverrir Gudnason

Chosen as the Opening film of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, BORG/McENROE is one of two tennis films playing, the other one being BATTLE OF THE SEXES.

The two films by inevitable comparison show vast differences in approach. BORG/McENROE takes its subject of tennis very seriously while the other doesn’t relying on comedy to stir its audience.

The results of the tennis matches are crucial for both films. In BORG/McENROE, they are exciting and competently shot while the other one is laughable and boring.

The actors also here sport tennis bodies while Emma Stone is too skinny and Carell too bloated.
Borg/McEnroe tells the story of the epic rivalry between Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) and his greatest adversary, the brash American John McEnroe (Shia LaBeouf), which came to a head during the 1980 Wimbledon Championships.

Gudnason and LaBeouf deliver believable performances of the tennis stars. LaBeouf probably played himself, an angry controversial person himself in real life.

BORG/McENROE is what a tennis film should be. It celebrates the game of tennis, delivers exciting matches and teaches the audience a thing or two about the game while offering some insight of what tennis professionals go through.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgfFdEOGUqE

BORG McENROE

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