This movie review is about “The Greatest Game Ever Played” is perhaps my favorite movie. Throughout my life, I have kept this mental list of movies that have touched me in some way. There are less than two handfuls on the list, so if a movie makes the list it is definitely worth watching. I have introduced The Greatest Game Ever Played to countless people and no one has been disappointed with this movie.
If you know me you can guess that the movie is in a golf setting. However this family movie is much more than a golf movie. Near the turn of the twentieth century, young Harry Vardon becomes a champion golfer but learns that his amazing skill is no match for the class boundaries that exclude him from “gentlemanly” English society. A dozen years later, a young American, Francis Ouimet, fights against the same prejudice, as well as his own father’s disdain, for a chance to participate in the U.S. Open against his idol — Harry Vardon. The struggle for acceptance, by both men, provides the background for an amazing contest of skills.
Ouimet is played by Shia LaBeouf while Vardon is played by Stephen Dillan. After Ouimet wins the qualifying round, he loses his caddy to an English golfer and there are no other caddies available. Ouimet reluctantly accepts the services of a feisty 10 year old Eddie Lowery played by Josh Filter. They form a wonderful team that is both charming and humorous.
The class distinctions and the triumph over them are brilliantly portrayed in this movie. At the end your heart will be full and you will be renewed by the goodness that comes from common people like us. This is a true story! Everyone that we’ve shared this movie review with loved it and I bet you will too!
Submitted by Dave D