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In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women's movement, the 1973 tennis match between women's world champion Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men's-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms ... Written by
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Not an Ace, but it Certainly Was an Entertaining Match
The Battle of the Sexes was one of the most important tennis matches and sporting events ever for women's sports. The basis being that it's all about acceptance. The film certainly is a neat interpretation of the events, with worthy performances, but I'm not sure it ever reached the level of significance that its source material demanded.
Reuniting after starring together in Crazy, Stupid, Love, Steve Carell and Emma Stone star as Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean-King respectively. And as expected, both give great performances. Even though both people are vastly different in personality and age (amongst many other things), I loved the way the film portrayed them as equals. Both Riggs and King go through several personal struggles before ever getting on the tennis court with each other. So yes, it's very gratifying to see King take on a man who belittled female athletes and show the world that women who play sports should be taken seriously too, but there's also the personal battles each are going through that add another layer to the match.
That's also where the film lacked for me though. As much as I liked seeing Billie fall in love with a woman, which was still taboo at the time, that story tended to overpower the battle with Riggs. I felt like there was more time spent building up Riggs and King alone, that we didn't get enough time to spend with the two of them budding heads, which was one of the main selling points of the movie for me. In fact, it almost seemed like King's battle for women was actually more so with Jack Kramer than it was with Riggs. Perhaps I'm not as familiar with the source material as I should be, but I was a little bit letdown with the lack of tension between Riggs and King.
Overall, the movie is a perfectly fine film that is sure to draw some Oscar attention. The tennis looks great, the actors do great work, and the events seem to be adapted quite well. But I was just hoping for a little bit more oomph from the story. I was expecting to walk out inspired, instead I was just entertained for a few hours. It's not the most memorable piece of art.
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