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19 August 2019

Celebrity Superfan

by Syd Briscoe

Amazon Prime: “Andy Murray” - 60s

Andy Murray takes a spectator's seat at the US Open from the comfort of his own home in this amiable ad for Amazon Prime. The brand's streaming service has exclusive rights to broadcast the tournament this year, so Murray can soothe his sorrows at not being on the court himself by checking out how his peers are playing.

There are some lovely background details throughout the laid-back film, from the books on Murray's bedside table to his AstroTurf-clad slippers emphasising his all-encompassing passion for tennis. There's a nice gag with his pooch to round things off too, as the mutt takes the instruction to 'change ends' literally.

Unfortunately, it's the overenthusiastic commentator who threatens to spoil the occasion. Subscribers can only hope the platform have a more compentent broadcaster available for the real thing.

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