THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN – A Review by John Strange
I love underdog films and The Phantom of The Open is a true underdog film if I ever saw one! Imagine a man with dreams who gives them up for his wife and kids. His job at the shipyard is not exciting. To be honest, his life is not exciting. At all.
If you were asked what your dream is, would you respond with a dreary old reachable dream or go for the gold? Maurice Flitcroft (Mark Rylance) is a dreamer, so his dream becomes to play in the British Open Golf Tournament! Fun fact – Maurice has never played the game!
This film is a true story of the lengths that this man goes to satisfy his dream! The name changes and the different looks make for a fun watch. This is a man who will do what it takes to achieve his dream. Over, and over, and over again.
I love Rhys Ifans’ portrayal of Keith Mackenzie, the steward at the British Open who does his best to kick poor Maurice off the course and out of the tournament, again and again!
The Phantom of The Open is a heartwarming film that will help you appreciate your own family and give you a very nice watch! A 5-star effort!
Director: Craig Roberts
Cast: Mark Rylance, Ian Porter, Tommy Fallon, David Mara, Sally Hawkins, Austin W Griffin, Jake Davies, Christian Lees, Jonah Lees, Mark Lewis Jones, Johann Myers, Nigel Betts
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for some strong language and smoking)
Selig Rating: 5 Stars
Runtime: 106 Min.
Release Date: 06/17/2022
Local Release Locations: Angelika Dallas, AMC NorthPark 15, and Cinemark West Plano
Movie Site: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN Official Website
Trailer: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN Trailer
The Selig Rating Scale:
5 Stars – Excellent movie, well worth the price.
4 Stars – Good movie
3 Stars – OK movie
2 Stars – No need to rush. Save it for a rainy day.
1 Star – Good that I saw it on the big screen but wish I hadn’t paid for it.