Borg Vs McEnroe DVD Reviewed By Jon E Clist

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

The Review
After watching this glorious film, I have to say that I feel a little ripped off. For no other reason than I started watching tennis with my Mum just after this wonderful rivalry had been played out. I will say that it was a deliberate move on my behalf to invite a friend over to watch this with me who is a little older than me and even more of a tennis fan. Plus, it didn’t hurt that he is an American and therefore had that whole insight to go along with it.

First up let’s just get it out there and completely state that the lead actors in this film are spectacular. What an amazing collection of dazzling performances that so fully encompass not only the emotional journey that these sports stars faced but also in completely owning the time that this was set in. The hair, the clothes and above all the attitudes, perfectly matched. In fact, Shia LaBeouf grew his own hair out for the role.

Following up with the great performances as actors there is also the wonderful performances on the court. Both actors do a wonderful job of being completely believable as tennis professionals. Finnish tennis ex-pros Jarkko Nieminen (13th on ATP list in July 2006) and Veli Paloheimo trained the actors. The action that surrounds the back story is brilliantly captured and just as it would have been watching the original match, there is a wonderful tension built throughout. As I mentioned earlier this was not a match I got to watch when it actually happened and so I had no idea what the outcome was going to be, so I really loved the anticipation as it unfolded. (I would encourage you to not look up the outcome until you have watched the film if you don’t remember what happened).

Plus, as they do flashbacks to young Borg, it is cool to know that one of the Bjorn Borgs was played by his own son Leo. Baring that in mind they have done a great job of casting the younger versions of each of the key players.

I think the element that makes this film stand out is the backstory development that surrounds the centre court battle. Understanding that both players struggled with their own personal demons and certainly had impulse control issues and yet both dealt with them in very different ways. Or didn’t deal with them in some cases. Regardless the outcome is a wonderful film.

The Verdict
Highly intense action with flawless delivery and even more proof that despite him becoming weirder in his real life, Shia is becoming an acting force to be reckoned with.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 21st March 2018\
Rating: M - Contains offensive language and nudity
Duration: 108 minutes 
Genre:  Drama/True Story
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård, David Bamber
Director: Janus Metz (Armadillo)

The Extras
Björn Borg and John McEnroe met in a total of 14 matches between 1978-1981.

Many of McEnroe's complaints and rages on court were accurate. McEnroe's kids like to have fun by showing clips where he goes crazy like cursing at the umpire or destroying racquets.