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Review: Jason Connery’s golf film Tommy’s Honour is two hours drearily wasted

Jack Lowden in Tommy's Honour (2016).

Courtesy of D Films

1.5 out of 4 stars

Title
Tommy’s Honour
Written by
Pamela Marin, Kevin Cook
Directed by
Jason Connery
Starring
Peter Mullan, Jack Lowden, Ophelia Lovibond, Sam Neill
Classification
PG
Country
U.K./USA
Language
English
Year
2016

If golf is a good walk spoiled, the handsomely shot but subdued period piece Tommy's Honour is two hours drearily wasted. Directed by Sean Connery's golf-loving son, Jason Connery, Tommy's Honour is a beard-y biopic of the 19th-century Scottish golf pioneer Tom Morris and his headstrong ball-whacking son, Tommy. Tom (played by the excellent Peter Mullan) is talented and innovative, but mindful of the class distinctions that prevent him from rising above his station as a caddy and groundskeeper to the "gentlemen" club members at St Andrews. His boy (portrayed by a watchable Jack Lowden) is dashing and unwilling to play by the rules, whether they apply to class rigidity or to a semi-scandalous romance. Although it's a kick to see the rough conditions and the full-on roughhousing of old-world golf, the scenes on the links are repetitive. And while the ending takes a severe dogleg turn to soft-focus sentimentality and the soundtrack hounds us to take this thing seriously, the movie is easily resistible.

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