Thursday, October 5, 2017

Battle of the Sexes (2017)

Director(s): Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris. Cast: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue, Fred Armisen. 121 min. Rated PG-13. UK/USA. Sports/Biography.

The true story of the iconic 1973 tennis 'battle' between feminist Billie Jean King and chauvinist Bobby Riggs, and even if you didn't know the historical outcome, you can guess; otherwise, this film wouldn't have been made. Alas, it's about the journey, not the destination. While too much time is reserved for King's homosexual conflicts, the movie plays it fair, and by introducing King's husband, doesn't portray every single male on the planet as egocentric pigs - and the 'woman against the system' message is truly inspiring. Another movie that rings loud in Trump's America. Expecting an Oscar nomination for Silverman.

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