Movie Review by Steven Skelley
From 1975 to 1980, a mysterious, Swedish tennis player with rock star good looks named Bjorn Borg ruled the courts and sports news. He was an emotionless, silent assassin on the court who defeated legend after legend.
He won 11 Grand Slam singles titles without bothering to even play one quarter of the tournaments every year. He seemed destined to be crowned the best ever. And then, at the peak of his talent at just age 26, he put down his racket and walked away leaving the world bewildered.
At Wimbledon in 1980 Final, Borg faced John McEnroe - a talented, 21 year old American with a history of profanity and obnoxious behavior. Some people called it the best Wimbledon match ever.
The film Borg vs McEnroe skillfully recreates the match itself, the days leading up to the historic event and the stresses faced by each player as they battled their own demons in their polar-opposite ways.
Sverrir Gudnason is amazing as Borg. He uses furtive glances and pain-filled eyes to portray a man who may be on top of the world but is drowning inside.
IMDB gave Borg vs McEnroe a 7 out of 10. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 3.6 out of 5.
I enjoyed Borg vs McEnroe. I expected a sentimental, fluff piece but found a well-written, well-acted, psychological insight into the lives and minds of two world-class athletes facing off with the world watching their every move.
Borg vs McEnroe
Runtime: 100 minutes