The Legend of Bagger Vance
Movie Stats & Links
||Will Smith, Matt
Damon, Charlize Theron, Jack Lemmon
Pictures / 20th
||They'd be bored.
||It's a nice drama
and she'll probably find Matt Damon "dreamy."
Michael Nozik, Jake Eberts
Some movies touch your heart. Some movies stir angry
emotions. Some movies make you laugh your ass off. Some movies are
are great. And some movies are just good. "The Legend of
Bagger Vance" is just good.
The Legend of Bagger Vance
A Movie Review
The story tells the story of Rannulph Junnuh (Matt Damon). Heís
a golfer, and a damn good one, until he goes off to serve in WWI. He
comes back a mess, itís time for the Great Depression, and his old
girl, Adele (Charlize Theren) is about to lose her dadís legacy, a
beautiful golf resort, because everyoneís poor. She sees her only
chance at saving the golf resort is if she can get some good press
to attract the few rich folks that are left to her place. So she
stages a golf match between the two best golfers and invites the
press. But some of the town-folk are against it, especially since
they want to buy her out, and insist on a local boy to go against
the greats. Young Hardy (J. Michael Moncrief) knows where Junnuh is
and Junnuh decides to play. The problem is that Junnuh lost his
Enter Bagger Vance (Will Smith).
Bagger comes out of the dark and into Junnuhís life to help him
find his swing, or maybe more importantly for Junnah, to help him
find his life again. With some of the most bizarre training and
caddying, Bagger helps Junnah overcome his demons and yes, his life
become all better.
The movie isnít fabulous, but itís a nice story with some
great acting and some, as youíd expect, great cinematography,
especially with Robert Redford at the helm. But this movie isnít
for all. Itís a drama, most definitely, and if you are looking for
great golf action, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat,
well, this isnít the movie for you. It does have cute moments,
especially in the words of wisdom from Bagger, and even the golf
match has its cute moments. Iím not sure what it would have taken
for "The Legend of Bagger Vance" to get to the level of
great movie, but it just didnít get there. Not that thatís a bad
thing, and it is worth the price of admission, but I donít think
you will come out emotionally changed or crying your eyes out. Youíll
just leave the theater thinking "The Legend of Bagger
Vance" was a good movie. Matt Damon puts on the usual good
show, and from me, not being a big Will Smith fan, I think this is
one of his best performances, maybe mostly because he never tries to
go over the top, he just plays the calm, cool, and collected
stranger almost perfectly.
In the end itís 4 Ĺ stars out of 5. As a drama itís a great
film, as a movie itís just good.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!