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Borg McEnroe (2017)

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

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

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Some stars shine forever

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Finnish tennis ex-pros Jarkko Nieminen (13th on ATP list in July 2006) and Veli Paloheimo trained the actors. See more »

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Featured in CTV National News: Episode dated 7 September 2017 (2017) See more »

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Former rivals and best enemies
7 September 2017 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to see "Borg/McEnroe" on opening night for the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival. Without giving away too much (especially if you're like me and you didn't know much about this 1980s tennis rivalry coming into it), I will say that this is a fabulous film and everyone involved in the making of this film should give themselves a huge pat on the back. They have done an incredible job in making a film that successfully explores, analyzes and pays homage to two contrasting albeit equally fascinating personalities in sports history.

Both of the titular characters are played to perfection, thanks to virtuoso performances from Sverrir Gudnason and Shia LaBeouf, the latter of whom was practically made for the role. Regardless of what you think about Shia, his commitment to any role is always awe- inspiring and here he gives a performance that so perfectly combines loud-mouthed arrogance with an icy determination that he actually makes it hard for you to route against him. He creates a fascinating character alongside the calm, cool and collected persona of Björn Borg, played exquisitely well by Gudnason. Another performance who deserves a mention is Stellan Skarsgård, whose quiet loyalty really helps to anchors the film in the more pivotal emotional moments.

In a lot of ways, this film reminded me of "Rush (2013)" another excellent film that deftly explored an iconic sports rivalry and how each athlete helped shape the other. Like Rush, "Borg/McEnroe" transcends the sport at hand and excels in its exploration of human suffering, resilience and, ultimately, redemption. Aside from the themes at hand, the technical brilliance of the film totally grabs your attention and never lets go until the final frame. In what is the first full-feature length film of Janus Metz, he creates a film that perfectly captures a game-changing moment in sports history and the contrasting personalities of the men who changed it.

I really enjoyed this film and encourage anyone reading this to go see it!


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