THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN (2022)
As is to be expected, Mark Rylance delivers a powerful performance full of grit and humor in a film that is delightfully charming, yet one note.
Blue collar British family man Maurice Flitcroft (Rylance) turns his attention to golf, finding his way to the British Open where his horrendous performance leads to him becoming an inspiration for perseverance and chasing your dreams. Director Craig Roberts has crafted a film that pays proper homage to the real Marcus Flitcroft while delivering a hearty family sports film sure to please most. Sally Hawkins and Rhys Ifins are along for the ride, leading a solid cast that brings the family (and overall story) to life.
It’s just that there isn’t much there in terms of story to tell. Much of what we see becomes a tale of monotonous flawed optimism that rarely, if ever, finds another gear to keep the audience’s interest. Sure, the story is wonderful and remarkable, but it feels too small for a movie. There is a humor to this story that is largely ignored, instead delivered with a straightforward approach that is distracting in its own right.
Still, you can’t turn away from the committed Rylance who does t miss a beat in finding the essence of the man he is portraying and making you love him, even if you find yourself shying away from the film itself.
The Phantom of the Open opens in theaters tomorrow.
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