How do you know you can’t do something if you don’t try? That’s the idea behind The great Mauricea British film that hit theaters last Friday and tells the amazing true story of Maurice Flitcrofta crane operator who came to dispute the british open without ever having completed the course of a field of Golf.
The film directed by the also actor craig roberts ties into the tradition of British social comedy about the working class as Full Monty either pridewith a classic staging and without much fanfare. The weight of the story falls on a cast headed by the fictional marriage they form mark rylancewho embroiders the endearing Maurice, and sally hawkinsas the person who brings good sense to that home while still supporting her husband’s dreams.
When he sees his job at the shipyards in jeopardy, Maurice is encouraged by his wife to do something for himself, something that really motivates him. He is a man who, in the manner of George Bailey of Living is beautifulhe put aside his aspirations when the obligations were ahead.
Maurice happens to see a golf tournament on TV one night and decides that this is his thing and that he is going to compete at the highest level. although I have never picked up a stick. Here begins an adventure that we will not gut about how, with enthusiasm and impudence, the middle-aged operator came to play the first round of the British Open. And how, at least in fiction, he rubbed shoulders with Severiano Ballesteros In this scene that the dubbing tries to save in the best possible way (Maurice breaks in Spanish in the original version):
The cost of achieving your dream
The most interesting thing about the movie is the reflection that makes on what can be considered a success or a failure. Maurice signed the worst round in tournament history and the press nicknamed him “The ghost of the Open” (The Phantom of the Open is the original title of the film, in a play on words with The Phantom of the Opera). Even so, he continued to try to make a name for himself in professional golf, sending letters to the highest authorities in the sport to get him admitted and going on television to try to demonstrate his skills.
The film focuses on the personal and family cost that has the determination of the protagonist to achieve his goal and in the confrontation with his eldest son, a manager of the shipyard who is ashamed of his father. On the idealistic side are his other two twin children, two disco dancers with the same dreamy character as their father.
Mark Rylance, a candid and determined Maurice
Which makes that The great Maurice don’t fall for the parody of an eccentric character is the interpretation of Mark Rylance. Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actor for The bridge of spies brings the right dose of innocence and determination to a protagonist who does not understand why a tournament called Open is not open to all players. Nothing stops Maurice, who takes each obstacle with good humor.
Rylance, who chained projects with Spielberg as my friend the giant Y Ready Player One and nailed the tech guru of don’t look upprove again why it is one of the most respected British actors in the industry.
In the cast, in addition to Rylance and Hawkins, he stands out in a supporting role Rhys Ifansas the head of the tournament that is not going to allow an intruder access to the most prestigious event in the world.
The great Maurice is, in short, the endearing (albeit with a bitter side) story of a “fish out of water” who showed that what excites us is worth fighting for. Who says you can’t?