Film Review: BORG/McENROE (Sweden/Denmark/Finland 2017) ***

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

Director:

Janus Metz

Writer:

Ronnie Sandahl

BORG/McENROE is one of two tennis films that played at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, the other one being BATTLE OF THE SEXES that had already opened.

The two films by inevitable comparison show vast differences in approach.  BORG/McENROE takes its subject of tennis very seriously capturing all the fear, all the glamour and all the stress each player faces of the matches, unlike the other film relying on comedy to stir its audience.  The results of the tennis matches are crucial for both films.  In BORG/McENROE, they are exciting and competently shot while the matches in the other film is laughable and boring.  The…

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