Review Date: November 03, 2000
Director: Robert Redford
Writer: Jeremy Leven
Producers: Robert Redford, Michael Nozik, Jake Eberts
Matt Damon as Rannulph Junuh
Will Smith as Bagger Vance
Charlize Theron as Adele Invergordon
All's I know is that unlike the viewing of an actual game of golf, this film did not bore me out my skull, and did manage to sustain my attention for its entire two-hour run, so all in all, not bad. I didn't particularly care for Will Smith's character, who I thought was a little too "nagging" and "glib" to be of any inspiration to anyone, but he eventually managed to lighten up, so no major harm done there. One thing that didn't grow on me was this one particular continuity issue which just bothered me throughout. If Matt Damon's character was supposed to have been this great golfer back in the day, why is it that when he returns to the game all those years later, he is still decades younger than the top golfers of that time? The fact that Damon's character was this aged golfer who didn't look a day over 25 just struck me as very odd and somewhat distracting. Or was that just me? Anyway, other than that, the film was okay but nothing to go out of your way to see on the big screen. Catch it on video and see Theron perfect the art of crying in cinema, Smith finally show a little range as a dramatic character and Damon, well, he's a good actor but a little too typecast for my taste. A great looking picture with great looking people, a sad-sack romance, some dopey lines and a so-so plot line. Interest you any?