The brilliant Bettany plays Peter Colt, a thirty something English tennis player who was once ranked 11th in the world. Unfortunately, those days are behind him as he struggles to maintain his form and his appetite to win important matches.
While gearing up for his final tournament before retirement though, he encounters Lizzie Bradbury (Dunst) the up and coming bad girl of tennis, and they start a love affair that spurs Bettany on and revives his hunger for winning.
A film like this will probably never be considered a classic or clean up at the big award ceremonies, but it can aspire to being very enjoyable, entertaining and make the audience feel good at the end of the movie - and that is exactly what director Richard Loncraine has achieved with Wimbledon.
This movie is genuinely funny and Colt’s inner monologue throughout the film is not only amusing, it is realistic enough to really help the viewer identify with the character. The film is excellently cast with all the actors naturally filling their roles, and with people like Bernard Hill, Sam Neill and Jon Favreau supporting, you know the performances are all going to be strong.
This film keeps up the Brit-Com tradition of having a good soundtrack, which really adds to the uplifting feel of the movie. The script is well written and gives a tension throughout the feature that really makes the audience feel for the players as they try to win the Wimbledon Championship.
Sexy, funny, romantic and action packed, there’s something for everyone here and if you’re after an enjoyable film that will make you feel good about yourself, then this is the one to see.