Battle of the Sexes (2017)
Critic Consensus: Battle of the Sexes turns real-life events into a crowd-pleasing, well-acted dramedy that ably entertains while smartly serving up a volley of present-day parallels.
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Interestingly enough, is that had it not been for a handful of diehard chauvinists one of the most iconic moments of the women's rights movement might never have happened.
About halfway through Battle of the Sexes, I found myself wishing I was watching a documentary rather than a feature film.
It's 44 years later, but much of it is as relevant as ever.
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Emma Stone and Steve Carell are great in a solid biopic that may be relatively conventional and obviously predictable but manages to build tension until the final match, even if it has its own share of casual sexism that is almost outrageous in a film that is supposed to be feminist.
Interestingly one of the more engaging aspects of this work is how the surrounding circus works to draw the main participants into the drama more so than they themselves might've wished. Based on a true story (unfortunately still true today, some 40 years later!) what begins as a sort've of joke becomes real the closer to game time. It's the women against the men, off and on the court as it were. The stars real work comes when their portrayal goes into the real life of the main characters, and both do their jobs more than adequately. Not a boring time at the old flickers.
My fear was that this film would be too "on-the-nose" and lack subtly when it came to portraying systemic sexism in tennis at the time. While I feel that was true at times, for the most part, it did a really good job at illustrating the struggle of the athletes as well as Riggs' and King's situations specifically. There is far more to this film than the eventual match between Billie Jean and Bobby, and with good performances from Carrell and Stone, it makes for a pretty interesting movie. While it probably isn't one I will recall as great, it was definitely worth the watch.
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