‘Björn vs. McEnroe’: Film Review
By: Corderro McMurry
Björn vs. McEnroe is a biographical sports documentary that’s based on the dramatic true events behind one of sport’s most famous rivalries. The film first opened at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017, then Swedish theatres and released in the U.S. on April 13, 2018. The film focuses on the 1980 Wimbledon Championships as rising American star McEnroe (Shia LaBeouf) sets his eyes on the prize of dethroning the 4-time champ, Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason). This rivalry sparked and unprecedented media frenzy in the tennis world. McEnroe known for his ferocious energy on the court and expletive fueled tantrums. Björn is known for his coolly composed, elegant style of play that complements his demeanor. McEnroe (Shia LaBeouf) gives one of his best performances yet. LaBeouf portrays the highly energetic, uncontrollable McEnroe through his tantrums to the mark. Bjorn and McEnroe are two men on the court battling their inner demons. Each legendary athlete brings their immense talents, and handicaps to bear in this suspenseful event in sports history.
Cast: Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stella Skarsgård
Director: Janus Metz
Producers: Jon Nohrstedt, Fredril Wikström
Writer: Ronnie Sandahl
Rated R, 107 minutes