The true story of amateur golfer Francis Ouimet’s unlikely victory over the world’s greatest golfer, Harry Vardon, becoming the first amateur ever to win the U.S. Open. Blue-collar Francis Ouimet (Shia LaBeouf) fights class prejudice while mastering golf, a game guarded by the upper crust. Employed as a caddy at the exclusive Brookline Country Club, Francis fine-tunes his skills during off hours. His father, Arthur (Elias Koteas), disapproves, but a few admirers help Francis enter the 1913 U.S. Open. The underdog competes against British star Harry Vardon (Stephen Dillane) and finds common ground with his boyhood idol.
There are some very good scenes in the movie like the scene where Harry teaches the little kid Francis to hit a shot or the scene where Francis tells Eddie he is not going to be replaced. Francis screwing up because of pressure multiple times felt repetitive. Harry Vardon still dreaming about something that happened during his childhood after being the champion for so many years seemed a bit unbelievable.
Shia LaBeouf was very good as Francis Ouimet. Stephen Dillane was excellent as Harry Vardon. Josh Flitter was very good as Eddie and some of his lines were funny. Elias Koteas was good as Francis’ father. Peyton List looked pretty as Sarah. Marnie McPhail was good as Francis’ mother. Stephen Marcus was very good as Ted Ray. The rest of the cast was decent.
Cinematography by Shane Hurlbut is good. Bill Paxton’s direction is good. The movie doesn’t show portray Harry and Josh as villains. Its not easy to make a sport like golf interesting to watch in a movie. Its a good sports movie even though it has some cliched scenes which are common in every underdog sports movie.
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