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Plot: The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.
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FULL DISCLOSURE: I saw this while I was working my ass off in a foodtruck at an outdoor cinema. I missed whole chunks of it, and it certainly didn’t have my full focus. I’ll give it a proper chance at a later date, and alongside that, another review. However, of what I saw, _Battle of the Sexes_ seemed to be little more than a collection of stereotypes played for comedy in a movie that not only wasn’t funny, but probably shouldn’t have even tried to be.
_Final rating:★★ – Definitely not for me, but I sort of get the appeal._
Emma Stone and Steve Carell are terrific.
‘Battle of the Sexes’ is an interesting look on the famous tennis match from 1973 between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. I’m sure it takes all the usual creative license that biopics tend to do, but that’s doesn’t bother me – especially with this type of event.
Stone (King) and Carell (Riggs) are definitely what hold this film together, without those two I don’t believe it would’ve been as enjoyable. Sarah Silverman (Gladys) and Andrea Riseborough (Marilyn) are alright, though the main attraction here are the two leads.
Talking of Marilyn, I didn’t really care for the love stories on show – with Marilyn, but also those involving Larry (Austin Stowell) and Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). The rest is sufficiently entertaining, though.
It’s sometimes a little too on the nose with the (obviously positive) message it’s portraying, but that’s just a small thing to note. Overall, this is a production I’d recommend you watch – tennis/sports fan or not.
A Doll’s House Re-visited, Almost
The themes presented in this film are still relevant and have merit. With that said, I want to add that ever since Ibsen wrote “A Doll’s House,” it’s very rare to get a film (or play for that matter) that is charged with the theme of gender equality and presents it in a way that truly resonates. What do I mean? In films that aim to give a message or present an issues, such as when the writer wants to say something about the relevant society, more often than not, the writer portrays those characters in simple categorizations of good and bad. That may work in a superhero film, but in a piece of realism, where character development and relationships are key elements to the storytelling, simple good and bad just won’t do. That’s my issue with this film. The screenplay simplifies a few integral characters too much, in favor of hoisting up its protagonist.
To get this out of the way, the performances are fantastic. Emma Stone and Steve Carell lead the cast well, and the cast doesn’t have a weak link in it. In particular, a lot of credit has to be given to Steve Carell. He took a character that was underwritten and perhaps even misrepresented and makes him sympathetic and someone to root for. Andrea Riseborough also delivers a very affecting performance and really gives us some great scene work with Emma Stone.
The directing is swift, well paced and well filmed. Kudos to the cinematographer who really has a wonderful grasp on stillness to promote an essential moment and exerts great uses of soft and hard focus to portray dramatic moments and internalize character feelings. The editing also deserves a shout out for some wonderful pacing and really effectively switching between the grainy, 70s like cinematography and more clear cinematography.
Now, back to the screenplay. What made and still makes “A Doll’s House” the ultimate gender-equality script is that every character can be sympathized with. We learn more about the human condition and evils of society, rather than placing blame and anger on individual groups. There are only two men that can be rooted for without hesitation and that’s our protagonist’s husband and father. Every other guy is completely unlikable and has no arc, and Steve Carell’s character can be questioned. Carell’s character, who is a vital part of this story, isn’t written very well or thoroughly. It’s always hard to have two protagonists in a film, especially at a reasonable and well paced time. Carell’s character is both an antagonist and protagonist or, at least attempts to be so. Carell’s character opposes Emma Stone’s. It’s a man versus women ordeal and their tennis match is the crisis and climax of the film. But, here’s the issue. Carell’s character is NOT the antagonist. It’s society! So why is Carell’s character’s standing within the realm of the film so questionable? Why doesn’t he get his own arc? Every major character in “A Doll’s House” takes a journey. That’s what makes us empathize with them and come away disliking their society, and not the products of that society. The same would work with this film. But instead, there is a co- protagonist / antagonist that is not written for people to care about or even empathize with. He gets no arc, no change. He’s unaffected. He may as well have been a smaller part.
Why is this an issue? Because Emma Stone’s character is a catalyst. She’s the driving force and vehicle used within the film to represent the affects of an unjust era and to showcase the positive effects that a change in this society would have. Unfortunately, because Carell’s character and the real antagonists (the sexists who sit atop the societal ladder) don’t change, because we only see them as unlikable, this story turns into something simple and ultimately un-fulfilling. Stone’s character merely wins the battle within the film and we come away knowing that and are momentarily happy. However, that soon goes away, which makes this entertaining dramedy perhaps a little forgettable. Had the writing been more substantial and caring to all its characters, and forgiving to all its characters and condemned society instead, we’d come away with a more profound understanding of where issues lie and are issued from. That’s a memorable film. I suppose the cinematic world is still chasing Ibsen.
I give this film 3 out of 5 stars for its entertainment value and performances and recommend it for ages 13 to 18. Reviewed by Willie J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Was expecting more
Was great to see more backstory of Billie Jean and lesbian issues.
Was disappointed in that it says it’s a “Comedy”. Even though most of the actors were comedians, it’s not a funny movie. I hate when comedians want to become serious.
Movie tackles big issues. It’s a Drama. That’s it, and good retelling of the big event.
As a tennis fan it hurt me most to learn that one of my favorite players, Jack Kramer, was a male chauvinist. I owned his racquet. Loved his racquet. Loved his tennis. Please don’t tell me more about Rod Laver or Roger Federer. It just might crush me to nothing.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 1 min (121 min)
Genre Biography, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Director Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Writer Simon Beaufoy
Actors Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Natalie Morales
Country UK, USA
Awards Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 20 nominations.
Production Company Decibel Films, Cloud Eight
Sound Mix DTS, SDDS, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Kowa Cine Prominar, Canon K35 and Angenieux HR Lenses, Arricam ST, Kowa Cine Prominar, Canon K35, CN-E and Angenieux HR Lenses
Laboratory EFILM Digital Laboratories, Hollywood (CA), USA (digital intermediate), FotoKem Laboratory, Burbank (CA), USA (film processing)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 250D 5207, Vision3 500T 5219)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (3-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format D-Cinema