Originally Posted by BaselineSmash
Paul Bettany is playing the lead, and he's thirty-three years old! That may be young in Hollywood, but I wonder if he knows how much of an old man that makes him in tennis terms. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who's 33 or 34, I think plays the main rival in the film. And the tennis rallies are apparently done through CGI. So, in short, this will be terrible need it be said for the umpteenth time.
That's the point. He's supposed to be an old vet in the twilight of his career, thus making his win at Wimbledon a big surprise.
Yes, this movie does look corny, and judging by the fact that it is going to be released in September (dry part of the movie year after blockbuster summer), it probably won't do well. But, we should be happy that we actually have a tennis movie going to the silver screen with big stars like Paul Bettany and Kirsten Dunst. Most sport movies in the U.S. have to do with baseball, football, basketball, or even golf, so this recognition of tennis is nice.