Tommy's Honour

Tommy's Honour

(2016)

The pride of a father. The love of a wife. The soul of a rebel. The heart of a champion.

Period drama depicting the lives and careers of pioneering Scottish golfing champions Old Tom Morris (Peter Mullan, Trainspotting) and his son Tom (Jack Lowden, Dunkirk).

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A golf movie. Not words that should really belong together, but let’s not get stuck on that bit of rough. What we have here is a historical romance, between a father and a son, a man and a woman and a species and a sport.... More

It’s set in 1860s Scotland and based on real life working class golfing heroes. There’s Old Tom Morris, maker of balls, caddy to the gentry, and designer of links. He was born and buried at St Andrews, the famed mothership of the game and much of the action is placed there. Peter Mullan and a series of prosthetic beards do a great job at bringing the old dog to life. An attempt is made to shine a light on ‘class’ issues, dragging in Sam Neill who only gets to play at half bastard, but the film shanks it. Better aim is made with young Tommy and his mission of breaking free of the grim presbyterian expectations of his elders and wanting to shack up with a fallen woman. The young gun is played by rising star Jack Lowden (Dunkirk) and he belts the role with great precision.

Sure there’s an air of tele-feature about it all, but the historical touches and golfing innovations (behold - the invention of the golf bag!) are surprisingly rewarding. In another scene we get to witness the moment they decided that spectators should stand behind a rope. It comes after a prolonged and violent brawl. That scene along with some successful tear-jerking greatly elevate proceedings, but only fans of the game will truly love it.Hide


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  • An engrossing and accessible celebration of the game's modern origins, enhanced by striking locations and a standout cast, led by Scottish actors Peter Mullan and Jack Lowden. Full Review

  • Pleasant and watchable, perhaps, rather than brilliant. Full Review

  • They [Jack Lowden and Peter Mullan] bring pathos and at least some zest to a film that might have got lost in the rough without them. Full Review

  • Thankfully, Connery has kept the story’s human side grounded in the real world, and those are the only stakes that matter. Full Review

  • Telling an unfamiliar tale in a highly predictable manner, this is a laudable, but lightweight tribute to golf's founding fathers. Full Review

  • The performances are desultory, the musical score bullying and the drama - aside from the game-changing placement of inconvenient shrubbery - as predictable as Tom senior's steadily sprouting beard. Full Review

  • It's surprisingly affecting, but there's a tendency to telegraph ... pivotal emotional moments that in a way lessens their effect. It's a tribute to the film's overall craft and, especially, its cast, that it's as much a winner as it is. Full Review