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The Greatest Game Ever Played
17 October 2013
Excerpt: Disney continues their string of sports films with The Greatest Game Ever Played directed by Bill Paxton. It tells the tale of Francis Ouimet, an amateur golfer in the early 1900's. As a child he showed a love for the sport and even worked as a caddy at the local golf course. As an adult, despite his natural talent, he found himself held back by prejudice against the working class and his father who didn't want him wasting his time with the game.
Excerpt: The Greatest Game Ever Played is a classic underdog story and a tale unfamiliar to many sports fans. The true story will really appeal to golf fanatics, but general audiences will probably only find it good for some light, forgettable entertainment.
Excerpt: Just in time for The U.S. Open comes “The Greatest Game Ever Played”??. Movies about golf are, pun intended, hit or miss. Golf is a sport that has broken the mold that “The Greatest Game Ever Played”?? has in spades. A game for gentlemen and that’s that. Well, any true fan of the game knows that Francis Ouimet pulled off possibly the greatest upset of any sport when he played against Harry Vardon in the 1913 US Open. The movie has been compared to “Seabiscuit”??
Excerpt: Shia LaBeouf stars as amateur golfer Francis Ouimet. Armed with nothing but talent, the working-class youth has a seemingly impossible dream: to compete against the world's greatest player, his idol Harry Vardon. Soon, with the help of his spunky, 10-year-old caddy Eddie, Francis boldly breaks down all barriers with a thrilling display of unrivaled drive, skill, and heart...and challenges the golf pro for the U.S. Open Championship!
Conclusion: Featuring a fantastic story wrapped up in a fine cinematic technical achievement, The Greatest Game Ever Played makes for one of the best films of its kind, a truly moving and heroic picture that manages to retain plenty of drama and emotion despite the foreknowledge of the story's resolution.
Summary: While the film was more entertaining than I expected, the long stretch of golf certainly tried my patience. I was far more compelled by the first hour. I found the struggle to get to the game far more interesting than the game itself. I’m not a golfer, and I have no interest in the game at all. For a guy like me, this was two movies. By the halfway mark I was starting to feel as much of an outsider as the elite had made Ouimet in the beginning.
Conclusion: I like to call it "Disney's attention to detail." It shines through in almost everything the studio does, and here it's no exception. They took their time with this transfer and provided us with a crystal clear picture and perfect sound. You can't ask for anything more from a Blu-ray. Maybe you can gripe about the sparse special features, but when the audio and video quality are this good, there's nothing else to worry about.
Excerpt: Bill Paxton showed surprising skill as a purveyor of the scary, creepy, and weird in directing the critically acclaimed, 2001 horror-thriller Frailty . For a follow-up, he’s taken a dramatic left turn and made a Disneyfied golfing movie called The Greatest Game Ever Played . He should have stuck with devil-children.