The Legend of Bagger Vance


D: Robert Redford
20th Century Fox/Dreamworks/Wildwood (Robert Redford, Michael Nozik & Jake Eberts)
US 2000
127 mins
W: Jeremy Leven [based on the novel by Steven Pressfield]
DP: Michael Ballhaus
Ed: Hank Corwin
Mus: Rachel Portman
PD: Stuart Craig
Matt Damon (Rannulph Januh), Will Smith (Bagger Vance), Charlize Theron (Adele Invergordon), Bruce McGill (Walter Hagen), Joel Gretsch (Bobby Jones), Lane Smith (Grantland Rice), Jack Lemmon (Old Hardy Greaves)
Robert Redford's golf fable is elegantly filmed and beautifully scored, but everything else is a bit of a mess, with no real point to the story.
A once promising golfer recruits the help of a mysterious black caddy for an upcoming tournament against some of the top players and draws inspiration from the ethereal man, winning back the heart of the woman he loves in the process.
If you're a huge fan of the sport, you might find a little more meaning in the story than mainstream cinema audiences, everyone else will just wonder what the whole point of it is.

Will Smith & Matt Damon in The Legend of Bagger Vance
Will Smith & Matt Damon in The Legend of Bagger Vance