Tommy's Honour DVD Reviewed By Joseph Hoshino

The Premise
In every generation, a torch passes from father to son. And that timeless dynamic is the beating heart of Tommy's Honour - an intimate, powerfully moving tale of the real-life founders of the modern game of golf.

The Review
Unless you happen to be an absolute fanatic, it’s not all that easy to get your hopes for a film with golf written all over it. Respectfully, a lot of younger audiences might be even more putt off by the fact that it’s a historical drama. While this film isn’t exactly a hole in one for entertainment, it certainly isn’t a bad shot either.

On the plus side, Tommy’s Honour has authentically captured the aesthetics of a nineteenth century setting that grounds these moments of history. I felt this made for a more interesting watch, seeing just how much the sporting spirit of golf has followed through into today’s time as well as what’s changed. On top of the actual setting, the dwelling complications were written well, especially between Tommy and his father who keep the story as engaging and informative as needs be. These moments were great but perhaps a tad too distanced from each other with more scenes that seemed to draw out the overall pacing of the story.

You may not be at the edge of your seat for this one but the cast truly tug at your heartstrings and deliver a brilliant performance to the field, even in the not so exciting scenes. Jack Lowden shows us Tommy Morris’ rebellious nature with a driving ambition with Peter Mullan, a wise former golfing champion Old Tom Morris, together sparking a beautiful but complicated father and son relationship. Sam Neil also steps in carrying some higher power as golf club captain Alexander Boothby.

The Verdict
Not a film for everyone but if period pieces or real life golf stories keep the ball rolling for you, this can be seen as a very moving and worthwhile watch.    

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 31st January 2018
Rating: tbc
Duration: 117 minutes 
Genre:  Drama
Starring: Sam Neill, Ophelia Lovibond, Peter Mullan
Director: Jason Connery (The Philly Kid)