All Talk and No Action Thursday, December 30, 2010

My previous post spoke about lack of coaching at a famous educational institution.

I couldn't help following it up with a movie on coaching.

A few days back, while working on an official project, I was made to watch The Legend of Bagger Vance (Yes, I am paid to watch movies).

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Though a little known movie, it is highly acclaimed in the learning and development community.

Set in the depression era of 1930s, the movie traces the coming of age of a golfing champion. Matt Damon as Junuh, is Savannah's most loved sports star and is tipped to become the best thing that happened to golf. That is, the world war breaks out.

Once back from the war, Junuh leads a hugely traumatised and listless life. He wishes for no human interaction and is set to live in oblivion, until, a local golf tournament is announced.

Suddenly, a mysterious caddy, Bagger Vance, materialises from nowhere and hereafter, the movie takes an interesting turn.

Unlike other sports movies, the coaching and advise dispensed here, are subtle and sophisticated. So, if you expect a hot blooded fight between foul mouthed sportsmen, you will be disappointed. Infact, the movie plays at a leisurely pace and does not have the aura of the adventure genre.

Yet, it is every bit a sports movie. The writing is thoughtful and provokes debate in the minds of the audience. No emotion is overdone, cliches are avoided and every performance is finely nuanced. Scenes between Bagger and Junuh are so well scripted, they will make you yearn for such a life coach.

I also found the movie to be beautifully shot. It has an ethereal quality which supports the tone and the philosophical bent of the theme. That apart, I have always had a soft spot for winter wear and this movie is spot on when it comes to the attire and feel of the era. One look at the costumes and you will know exactly how each character feels.

Matt Damon and Will Smith, both, do more than adequate justice to their roles.

I recommend The Legend of Bagger Vance, for, it is quality cinema and sets the ball rolling for self introspection.


rocky said...

I saw the movie too :-) Loved it...
And I like the part "I am paid to watch movies" :P

All Talk and No Action said...

@rocky - Yes, quite an engaging watch, this one :-)

I can't hop enough in glee to highlight this feature of my job :-)

Btw, welcome to the blog! Hope you have liked the content and will keep visiting!