BORG VS. MCEN­ROE (M)

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Was the 1980 Wim­ble­don men’s fi­nal be­tween Bjorn Borg and John McEn­roe the great­est game of ten­nis ever played? This drama­tised take on that tu­mul­tuous five-set­ter be­lieves the an­swer is cer­tainly yes. Borg (por­trayed with in­scrutable fo­cus by Sver­rir Gud­na­son) was the epitome of the Scan­di­na­vian ice­man. And there will never be an­other Amer­i­can hot­head as in­stantly in­flammable as McEn­roe (Shia LaBeouf, a good phys­i­cal and emo­tional match for the role, even if his ten­nis skills are sus­pect). Once the plot dis­penses with the off-court soap op­eras, the big game it­self is an epic stun­ner. Par­tic­u­larly the amaz­ing fourth set, where Borg butch­ers no less than seven match points.

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