Drama - A sports movie with significant mystical/quasi-religious overtones,
The Legend of Bagger Vance works on an allegorical level, but
contains largely uninvolving characters and uninspired "action."
PROFANITY: Very mild and infrequent except for two GD's. SEX/NUDITY: One mild sexual conversation. VIOLENCE: There are a few battle scene flashbacks. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Quite a bit of drinking shown. Character uses it to forget his troubles. ACTION: None COMEDY: Lots of humor throughout. Has more humor than most comedies.
With The Legend of Bagger Vance, director Robert Redford has attempted, with only limited success, to do for golf what movies like The Natural and Field of Dreams did for baseball. There are three elements at work in this film. The first is the use of the game as a metaphor for life. The second is a plunge deep into the lore of the sport, throwing away the unsavory modern trappings that have become associated with it and getting back to the purity of the game. Finally, there's the traditional sports movie storyline that culminates in a "big game" scenario pitting the underdog against a stronger, more experienced champion. Stirring these ingredients together as called for by the recipe should result in an engaging motion picture. Strangely, however, The Legend of Bagger Vance comes across as incomplete and uninvolving. In his zeal to get the period details right and craft a reverent, almost mystical atmosphere, Redford committed a key blunder: he lost sight of the characters' humanity. The men and women inhabiting this motion pictures are types, ciphers, and mouthpieces for slogans, not individuals we can believe in and care for.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Nearly everyone enjoyed this movie very much. Most opinions were "Very Good" or above, which is very high. There were a couple dozen who rated it "Good" or "Fair." Age and gender didn't seem to make any difference. I'm totally comfortable recommending this movie to everyone. I know most will absolutely love it and the few that don't will, at the very least, enjoy it.
I really enjoyed this movie. It had an excellent story and more laughs than most comedies. I know from the poor box-office that many of you missed this movie. I HIGHLY recommend you rent it ASAP!