#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Near the turn of the twentieth century, young Harry Vardon becomes a champion golfer but learns that his amazing skill is no match for the class boundaries that exclude him from “gentlemanly” English society. A dozen years later, a young American, Francis Ouimet, fights against the same prejudice, as well as his own father’s disdain, for a chance to participate in the U.S. Open against his idol — Harry Vardon. The struggles of both men for acceptance provides the background for an amazing contest of skills.
Plot: A biopic of 20-year-old Francis Ouimet who defeated his golfing idol and 1900 US Open Champion, Harry Vardon.
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The Greatest Game Ever Played loses points for having a terrible title. But it is an inspirational “true” story from Walt Disney studios and so every inch of melodrama is squeezed from it accompanied by appropriately “swelling” music. Which is not to say I didn’t like the movie. I did enjoy it for what it was.
As a person who golfs it was both interesting and frustrating to see how golf was played in the early part of the century but much more could have been done with the game of golf itself in the film. (I think that non-golfers who don’t know the game will find it hard to keep track of who is ahead in the matches which is a problem in the film’s editing.) Instead, the story concentrates on two sub plots. The conflict between Shia LaBeouf and his father Elias Koteas. Shia is a natural golfer but his father is totally against it. The other sub plot is the desire to win back the US Open cup for England. This pits world famous champion Stephen Dillane against influential lords who are portrayed as gross, oyster-slurping, upper-class snobs. There is also a small love story aside between Shia and Payton List. A standout in the film is little Josh Flitter who plays Shia’s plucky caddy in a comic relief role which I found amusing but other may find annoying.
As for the film-making, the colors of the film are muted which gives it a nice look and since it’s a period piece the costumes are interesting. Since golf itself is not very visually exciting the director chose to use Matrix style visuals such as having the camera fly behind the golf ball as it sails to the hole accompanied by a really huge swishing sound. There is one shot as if taken underneath glass looking up at a putt.
If you can forgive the melodramatic musical swells, you can find this film an enjoyable 2 hours and if you have any interest in golf it’s one of the few movies about golf. If you are in the mood for an underdog film this one makes par.
Good Show, Mr. Paxton
Actor turned director Bill Paxton follows up his promising debut, the Gothic-horror “Frailty”, with this family friendly sports drama about the 1913 U.S. Open where a young American caddy rises from his humble background to play against his Bristish idol in what was dubbed as “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” I’m no fan of golf, and these scrappy underdog sports flicks are a dime a dozen (most recently done to grand effect with “Miracle” and “Cinderella Man”), but some how this film was enthralling all the same.
The film starts with some creative opening credits (imagine a Disneyfied version of the animated opening credits of HBO’s “Carnivale” and “Rome”), but lumbers along slowly for its first by-the-numbers hour. Once the action moves to the U.S. Open things pick up very well. Paxton does a nice job and shows a knack for effective directorial flourishes (I loved the rain-soaked montage of the action on day two of the open) that propel the plot further or add some unexpected psychological depth to the proceedings. There’s some compelling character development when the British Harry Vardon is haunted by images of the aristocrats in black suits and top hats who destroyed his family cottage as a child to make way for a golf course. He also does a good job of visually depicting what goes on in the players’ heads under pressure. Golf, a painfully boring sport, is brought vividly alive here. Credit should also be given the set designers and costume department for creating an engaging period-piece atmosphere of London and Boston at the beginning of the twentieth century.
You know how this is going to end not only because it’s based on a true story but also because films in this genre follow the same template over and over, but Paxton puts on a better than average show and perhaps indicates more talent behind the camera than he ever had in front of it. Despite the formulaic nature, this is a nice and easy film to root for that deserves to find an audience.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr (120 min)
Genre Biography, Drama, Sport
Director Bill Paxton
Writer Mark Frost (book), Mark Frost (screenplay)
Actors James Paxton, Tom Rack, Armand Laroche, Peter Hurley
Country USA, Canada
Awards 3 nominations.
Production Company Walt Disney Pictures
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Laboratory Technicolor, Technicolor Digital Intermediates (digital intermediate)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 Expression 500T 5229, Eastman EXR 50D 5245)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Spherical (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision Premier 2393)