Wimbledon (2004)

Genre(s): Comedy / Romance / Sports
Universal || PG13 - 98 minutes - $14.98 || December 28, 2004
Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2004-12-31


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Richard Loncraine
Writer(s): Adam Brooks (written by) & Jennifer Flackett (written by) & Mark Levin (written by)
Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Paul Bettany, Sam Neill, Bernard Hill, Jon Favreau


Theatrical Release Date: September 17, 2004


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Director & Actor Commentary
  • 3 Featurettes
  • Coach a Rising Star
  • Theatrical Trailers


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Wimbledon is the story of fading tennis star Peter Colt (Paul Bettany) who is taking his last stab at going to the big Wimbledon tennis tournament before he finally retires. He feels like his life is going nowhere and he feels little reason to do much of anything. Then he meets fellow tennis player Lizzie Bradbury (Kirsten Dunst), the two fall in love and this (supposedly) helps Colt be reinvigorated enough to play much better tennis until he heads to the last game of the tournament.

Frankly, I didn't buy it and that is the movie's biggest weakness by far. I never bought the idea of Dunst and Bettany being in love. It felt like the audience is just sort of told they're in love but we don't really get to see much of a relationship that leads to that point; it's just sorta, well, they like each other, they have sex, and they flirt so automatically: love. Horsesh*t. The other problem i have with this film is that it's bland. I mean, it's just outright boring at times. We don't even get any interesting story developments. It's all been there, done that. Colt and Bradbury meet, they fall in love, they have the inevitable misunderstanding/breakup, and i'm sure you can figure out the rest if you've seen these kind of films before.

The film's not all bad. Paul Bettany is very good in his role and the direction of the movie is good as well. Also, if you're a tennis buff, you might like quite a bit of this as there is obviously a concentrated effort to be faithful to the sport (ala Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday). Still, overall, it's too bland to give a thumbs up.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Feature Commentary with Loncraine and Bettany: Surprisingly entertaining. In fact, better than the movie. Bettany and Loncraine have a lot of little funny jokes and at the same time are very informative about the film itself. Not gut-busting but worth a listen and easily the best feature of the disc.

Wimbledon: A Look Inside: A 15 minute featurette about the general making of the movie. It's pretty much the same as many others only this one is narrarated by a british woman who makes you feel like you're listening to some kind of tennis documentary. Nothing special.

Welcome to the Club: A super short featurette where cast and crew talk briefly about what an honor it was to shoot on the actual wimbledon courts. This felt somewhat like a super condensed version of the previous making of featurette.

Ball Control: This is a great little feature where it's revealed how they shot all the tennis scenes. A shocking amount of cgi and related things are used and i was honestly intrigued by this.

Coach a Rising Star: Another good little feature that details how the actors were trained to look like they knew what they were doing lol. Again, I was pretty fascinated. The one question i kept asking while watching the film was,"are they REALLY playing tennis? And if so, how do they get all those moves down? Are there stunt tennis people?". All that stuff is answered here.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

There were a couple of momements where I felt the audio on the voices could've been a bit better but overall it's good enough. Nothing incredible but for this type of film, it didn't need to be.



.::OVERALL::.

Wimbledon is a fairly bland romantic comedy. If you're a tennis buff, you may enjoy it more though. The special features are pretty enjoyable but again, you'll probably only love them if you like the movie.