The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)

THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE is a gentle, genial, Savannah-set, De-
pression-era, Jack Lemmon-narrated golf drama about a young-but-
already-washed-up pro (Matt Damon) and his appearance at an exhi-
bition game important both to the town and his recently blown-off
beloved (Charlize Theron).  There's the title character, too: an 
expert-playing, aw-shucks speaking caddie (Will Smith) who, forty 
minutes in, magically appears out of nowhere to help Damon's char-
acter "get his swing back."  Fidgeters beware:  Robert Redford di-
rects with an unhurried-to-the-point-of-pokey hand.  And with an 
annoying pair of kid gloves on.  (Witness a grit-less World War I 
aside that's more muddy than bloody.)  Ample amounts of period de-
tail at least adds interest when the drama doesn't.  Or, for that 
matter, when you're left huh?-ing at all those unfamiliar charac-
ter names.  (This is *not* an immediately engaging movie...)  And, 
since this one's also set in the South, the various drawls and as-
sorted y'all's sound more movie-real than real-real.  What else is 
new, right?  The legend is told in flashback, by a teed-off young 
boy (J. Michael Moncrief) who appears at the beginning as a Poly-
dent-smilin' Jack Lemmon.  And, really, any movie that opens with 
Felix Unger can't be *that* bad, can it?  Not that I stayed for 
the whole thing.  In fact, as I was leaving at the hour mark, two 
*others* were just arriving.  Egad, what kind of person walks *in* 
on a movie halfway through?  Sidebar:  If screening at the Raleigh 
Grande, consider arriving five minutes late, lest ye be subjected 
to the latest CAST AWAY trailer, which just happens to reveal the 
*entire* film.  No thank you very much.  (Rated "PG"/127 min.)

Grade: W/O

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