“The Greatest Game Ever Played”

greatestgameeverplayed.jpgShia LaBeouf
Stephen Dillane
Peter Firth
Elias Koteas
Josh Flitters
Stephen Marcus
Len Cariou
Peyton List
Luke Askew
Michael Weaver

PG           121min           2006

”The Greatest Game Ever Played” is based on the true story of young amateur golfer Francis Ouimet (Shia LaBeouf). He has nothing but talent and a seemingly impossible dream to challenge the world’s greatest player, his idol Harry Vardon (Stephen Dillane). Soon, with the help of his spunky 10-year-old caddy Eddie, Francis boldly breaks down all barriers with a thrilling display of unrivaled drive, skill, and heart and challenges the golf pro for the U.S. Open Championship! — from the back cover

Peter Berg makes an otherwise boring game to watch exciting and a thrill to watch. Even know what the outcome was it dynamic to watch. Showcased Shia LaBeouf’s acting and why he has the potential to be a big star in Hollywood. This is a great film that in the background shows the bigotry in the game that has never been truly broken down.

If you have ever watched golf round on television for the most part it is a boring game. Peter Berg takes this game and makes it dynamic and fascinating to watch. Highlights and enhances the major shot of the game with special effects. If golf on television was as dynamic as this movie more people would watch it.

”The Greatest Game Ever Played” showcases the best of Shia LaBeouf. You can see how he has grown as an actor from his Even Steven days. He has the emotional impact to carry the drama of this film. He has the potential to become a major star in Hollywood.

This is a film that at the heart and conflict of this film is breaking down the bigotry of the game. Until this point “gentlemen” only played the game. Francis Ouimet showed that anyone from any economic background, given the chance to play the game could win. Years later Tiger Woods showed that anyone could successfully play the game.

The DVD has some interesting features. It has a gallery from the set. It has a featurette featuring Francis Ouimet highlighting his life. A audio commentary featuring the director Peter Berg. But only has movie previews for “Cars”, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”, “Glory Road”, and “Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe”.

I give it 5/5 Gs.

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