Tommy's Honour: golfing tale hampered by leaden dialogue and predictable villainy

Timeless Films

Tommy's Honour is now screening in select Kiwi cinemas.

Tommy's Honour (M, 108mins) Directed by Jason Connery ★★½ Reviewed by James Croot

This tale of one of golf's founding fathers and his son never really overcomes the major bogie of a lack of narrative drive.

Based on a critically-acclaimed 2007 book about Scotland's two Tom Morrises, Tommy's Honour boasts tragedy, familial tensions and underdogs teeing off at their betters. However, it all feels a little bit like a sporting episode of Upstairs, Downstairs and comes off as overly twee to really compel.

As interesting and dramatically packed as it is, Tommy's Honour never really grips and is likely to leave many audience ...

As interesting and dramatically packed as it is, Tommy's Honour never really grips and is likely to leave many audience members feeling slightly underwhelmed.

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Director Jason (son of Sean and 1980s Robin of Sherwood mark II) Connery attempts to keep the action on course but he's hampered by leaden dialogue ("a man's got to use every club he has"), a cloying soundtrack and predictable villainy (Sam Neill all but twirling a moustache as a leading St Andrews official).

It's easy to see the appeal of telling how modern golf came to be and the tragic story of one if its youngest-ever champions.

However, as interesting and dramatically packed as it is, Tommy's Honour never really grips and is likely to leave many audience members feeling slightly underwhelmed.

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