TOMMY’S HON­OUR (M)

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - MOVIES -

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.

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