Die Legende von Bagger Vance (2000)

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Die Legende von Bagger Vance: Directed by Robert Redford. With Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, Bruce McGill. A down-and-out golfer attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy.

“Redford continues his quest to be the Englebert Humperdink of film by creating uplifting Hallmark moments. The idea is to create a zen-like chicken soup metaphor, first fly fishing, then horses, now golf. The fishing film (`River Runs Through Itu0026#39;) was far better, closer to noble, because it was more meditative and exploited some creative shots. This has some of that, which is to its credit, but its all buried under a pretty syrupy story. Of the story, thereu0026#39;s not much positive to say.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003enThe regional accents are particularly bad — why couldnu0026#39;t they bring on a coach or at least get everyone to use the same fictional accent?u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eI think overly romanticizing a racial stereotype is just as demeaning and more pernicious than denigration. Just ask Native Americans. Theyu0026#39;d be better off being portrayed as savages than as spiritual, environmental, peaceful, wise people. At least the former is an obvious trap. Redford should know better, and here is just capitalizing on the Tiger Woods rush.”


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