The Phantom Of the Open (2022)

Craig Roberts directs Mark Rylance, Sally Hawkins and Rhys Ifans in this true story of a crane driver from Barrow-In-Furness who notoriously sneaked himself into playing the British Open before he had ever played a round of golf on a proper course.

A real sweetie this. Funny but never mocking of its working class dreamer, recreating his internalised flights of fantasy with a naïve Impressionist tactility. More than a mere quirky sports comedy, this pulls at the heartstrings somewhat viciously and presents the limitations that growing up in relative poverty bring to a life with an unvarnished directness. I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t find themselves caught up in Maurice Flitcroft’s mad quest to win the Open with little proven skill at the game he makes his obsession. In real life I suspect he was a bit more of an intentionally disruptive prankster than is presented here but it is hard not to be seduced by the ever excellent Rylance getting the full big screen spotlight to play such a softly spoken eccentric.


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