Saturday, July 10, 2010

Movie 18 Review: Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius

"Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius" is a 2004 BioDrama about Golfer Bobby Jones, the only man to win All 4 Major Golf Tournaments in one year and the creator of "The Masters" Golf Tournament and the Augusta National Golf Course. The film was directed by Rowdy Herrington (Infamous for winning the "Razzie" for "Worst Director" for his film 1989's "Roud House").

The film stars Jim Caviezel ("The Passion of the Christ") as Robert Tyre Jones, Jr. It guest stars Claire Forlani as Mary Malone Jones, Jeremy Northam as Walter Hagen, Malcolm McDowell as O.B. Keeler, Aidan Quinn as Harry Vardon, Brett Rice as Big Bob Jones, Connie Ray as Clara Jones, Devon Gearhart as Little Bobby, Thomas "Bubba" Lewis as Bobby, Dan Albright as Grandfather Jones, & Paul Freeman as Angus. There's a difference between films that have star and guest stars, "PreCure DX" & "Magnificent Seven" have a large cast of main stars, this just has one.

The film is a basic overview of Bobby Jones' Golf Career as a player, starting when he was a child and up to his win of the Golf Grand Slam in 1930.

It's a very basic and predictable BioDrama. The film does it's job of being a film, but that's about it, very pedestrian. There are some enjoyable parts, but I think it tends to over-dramatize some parts. Then again, a lot of his accomplishments are dramatic so some may say it was necessary.

The film flopped in Box Office and DVD Sales gaining only $2.7 Million when the movie cost $17 Million to make (Comparatively to a previous review of "Godzilla vs Destroyah" gaining $18 Million). It's also interesting is that the film was produced by Bobby Jones Film LLC, so there would be expected glorifying. Noticeably, this is also currently Rowdy Herrington last film.

But the biggest surprise is that this film was the first film that gained access to shoot footage at the "Royal and Ancient Golf Club" in St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland. Quite the honor for a meh but okay film.

Flickchart Rankings
Worldwide: 6,946
Tack Angel: 409

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