“The Greatest Game Ever Played” is a game of Golf which takes place in the early year of 1913. A very individualistic approach to competition, in case you may have thought that this film had anything to do with your team. If you are looking for an action packed thriller, which is meant to have you on the edge of your seat, then you are watching the wrong movie. But if you’re one who loves an underdog, favors a good comeback, dreams that become reality, and rare bonds that are formed which then go on to shape the course of one’s success. Then the Greatest Game Ever Played has your attention. In the year of 1913 a working- class American Amateur named Francis Ouimet, defeated one of the great British players Harry Vardon for the U.S. Open. As you first begin this movie you soon notice this film may have borrowed scenes similar to the typical “underdog” movie, but towards the end you come to realize how much emotion is expressed, therefore understanding really how gripping the movie has become.
Shia LaBeouf stars as Francis Ouimet, a young boy who lives with his poor family across the street from a Golf Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. Day by day he looks through his window and sees the local Golfers playing. But there is one who also does and that is his father, an immigrant who faces the fear of providing for his young family. In doing so he the consciously opposes his sons desire to play the game he loves. As you begin to watch this film you soon learn that Francis has a natural gift for the sport, and with that an unrelenting desire to succeed. He is encouraged by his mother and two local club members that play his cross road Country Club. As a younger teenager Francis actually attends a teaching clinic put on by the great Harry Vardon. Within an instance you learn of the role of Harry Vardon and even the impact he will have on young Francis. As for harry Vardon we learn he as well grew up nearly on a Golf Course in a poor family, whose home was torn down in order to put in a local Golf Course. You soon learn that Harry is not a Gentleman, but he still is a class act. He sees a bit of Francis in him and yet still desires to compete and be the best. Lord Northcliffe portrays the villain, a proprietor of the powerful daily mail, who also is the underwriter of the British team.
To Golf fans everywhere I am sure all the dots in this movie will really hit home. For every person who is not, this movie still may satisfy your demand. It is masterfully done, tying all loose ends at the conclusion. My favorite scene comes at the very end when Francis is raised on the shoulders of his after having just won the Tournament. As an Amateur Golfer you are not listed as a Professional therefore Francis was unable to accept any amount of purse for his victory. Having not only won the Tournament as American Amateur by beating two of Britians, Francis had won the heart of the Golf world. As he and his caddie Eddie, who is a young boy and had been raised up financially in a very similar predicament to Francis. All hands are filled with money for Francis. The emotion came not from the victory alone, or the money that was offered, but from the Heart of one who’s acceptance and love met everything to Francis. After “passing the hat for Eddie” (filled with money) Arthur Ouimet who is Francis’s father, is found holding out his dollar with a smile of love, joy, and acceptance. A father had a change of heart, in doing so a son was then able to please his father by doing the very thing he knew best, which was to play the game he loved. This movie is a must see indeed, as it is s tribute to truly one of the greatest games ever played.