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TOMMY’S HONOUR

TOMMY’S HONOUR

Golf has always been, and most likely always will be an unfathomable sport, its subtleties lost on the likes of me (to the frustration of my friends); my limited knowledge garnished from┬áreading “Nancy Drew Mysteries” in my youth and viewing the sundry films focusing on the art of the game: “The Greatest Game Ever Played”, “Tin Cup”, “Bobby Jones”, “The Legend of Bagger Vance” and my personal favorite “Caddyshack”;”Tommy’s Honour” directed by Jason Connery is an empathetic biopic of Young Tommy Morris (1851-1875), ( brilliantly played by Jack Lowden), whose prodigious skill earned him four open championships before his twenty-first birthday; his father “Old Tom Morris” (1821-1908) (remarkable Peter Mullan) a legendary golfer and green keeper of St. Andrews Links in Scotland, nurtured his son’s acuity but had no control in stunting Tommy’s rebellion against the elitist gentry; Sam Neill as Alexander Boothby, represents the snobbery that informed the game in the mid-nineteenth century; Tommy ignored the hierarchical restraints confining him, in perpetuity, to the “caddy” class; his intrepidness, intransigence changed the “course” of golf forever.

Tommy also married the woman of his choice Margaret Drinnen, five years his senior; Ophelia Lovibond, remarkable resemblance to Felicity Jones; Meg’s allure captivates and cements Tommy’s devotion. Casting aside the prejudice of his mother.

“Tommy’s Honour” is a sweet, compelling story of the times, and a man who challenged the status quo and championed the right to compete in a restricted sport, opening the gates for future greats: Lee Elder, Lee Trevino, Renee Powell, Lorena Ochoa, Nancy Lopez, Tiger Woods. The nuances of the sport still defy clarity, but the heroism radiates with wisdom, refinement and glory.

 

THREE STARS!!!

 

Peneflix

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