TOMMY’S HONOUR (M)
A lot to putt up with to get a hole story, UK, 111 Min The only viewers who will rate Tommy’s Honour as making par are golf tragics with nothing to do for the evening. The subject matter is promising enough ; the wild, woolly and whiskery early days of Open Championship golf in 1870s Scotland. The best tournaments back then were free-for-alls of betting, braggadocio and bare-knuckle fights. Which makes it all the more puzzling why this movie lodges itself early in a sandtrap of dullness, and stays there. This is the not-so-stirring story of Tommy Morris (Jack Lowden), a Tiger Woods-ish tearaway who won the first of four consecutive British Open titles at age 17. His dad (Peter Morris) was also a great golfer, and didn’t like having his lunch cut by his boy. There’s also a number of terse, top-hatted toffs in the picture, the most notable of which is played by Sam Neill. Worth a look only for the occasional outburst of ungentlemanly high-jinks on the links. Co-stars Ophelia Lovibond.