September 23, 2004

Amateur Movie Review-Wimbeldon

We went and saw Wimbledon while on our quick vacation. And No, before you even ask, I didn't pick it out. I got to choose where we ate dinner that night (we voyaged into the dark world of the ESPN Sportszone), she picked the movie.

It was actually quite enjoyable, and far better than I expected. It's a somewhat formulaic British romantic comedy. Suffice to say if you liked Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, or well, the list is pretty endless, you'll enjoy this. Anyway, this movie features a star turn by Paul Bettany, who is terrific as the lead, an aging, about-to-retire English tennis pro named Peter Colt. He's playing in one last tournament before retiring to what looks to be a perfectly ghastly life as a private country club instructor. Co-star Kirsten Dunst plays Lizzie Bradbury, a young and tempestuous American phenom. They meet cute, run around London, and eventually fall in love. Really, I don't think I'm spoiling anything for you.

In addition, Wimbledon shows glimmers of being a pretty fair sports movie, though the sport in question is Tennis, and that really doesn't count. The acting is excellent, especially Bettany, who should be a star by now, and hopefully will be due to this. Lord of the Rings alumni Bernard Hill is funny as his father, and Sam Niell is criminally underused as Lizzy's controlling father. This movie is cute, fun, and a pretty nice way to spend an afternoon.

Posted by Frinklin at September 23, 2004 11:46 PM
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