Sverrir Gudnason and Shia LaBeouf swap centre-stage for centre-court in this prickly account of tennis’ most famous rivalry.
It’s June 1980 and the Wimbledon Championships are set to begin for the 94th time. Coming into the tournament, Björn Borg (Gudnason) is the king of the court and a cold-blooded winning machine. With four straight Wimbledon titles under his belt, he just needs one more to break the record.
By contrast, John McEnroe (LaBeouf) is the rising star, full of hunger and ready to take his spot at the height of the tennis world. Whilst seeking the same respect and admiration for his undeniable talent that his rival receives, Mac’s abrasive behavior routinely works against him.
With the two destined to meet in one of the greatest finals of all time, there can be only one true champion.
LaBeouf’s rage-fueled antics are worth the ticket price alone, brilliantly portraying McEnroe as a ticking time bomb, capturing the manic outbursts that made him a pantomime villain on-court. Yet it’s Gudnason’s Borg who remains the primary focus, accurately showcasing a player for whom the spotlight has become a burden and the ever-increasing expectations to succeed almost intolerable. (Research Chris Coetsee) Why…? But a fantastic Borg.