Paul Bettany has a number of subtle facial/body expression that are just the right spice for the tone of the movie. Although I always find it difficult to accept Kristen Dunst has playing a star, she's more suited as an athletic star and perfect as Paul Bettany's opposite, bringing spunk like she can easily do.
The setting of the movie is quite interesting, and the shots beautiful. More over, the story has a full figure, and is peppered with interesting details. You can feel the English fever for Wimbledon, and the soundtrack is quite appropriate.
Only a few things mar this beauty. First, most court commentators sound like their reading their script, especially McEnroe and Evert. Second, the tennis itself, while well edited, shows flaws from time to time.
That being said, it is my favorite romantic comedy because it has everything and does it all right just like I want it.
A must see.
Kirtsen Dunst doesn't do too well here, not sure whether she is supposed to play the friend or the villian, and Paul Bettany starts to become too ladidah by the end.
Their are some spectacular camera views, such as when the camera tracks a tennis ball's set path across the court, which was beautiful to watch, and their is some chemistry between the leads, but it doesn't feel like enough. And I don't know what Sam Neill was doing in the role as Dunst's father, but he was still okay for a wasted character. and Paul Battany's character's parents were funny to watch hate then love eachother.
A predictable romance which ends wince-inducingly, but was at the lvery least sort of satisfying.