‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Is Highly Entertaining |Movie Review

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Battle Of The Sexes is a 2017 Biography/Comedy/Drama film that is starring Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Elisabeth Shue, Andrea Riseborough, Natalie Morales and Sarah Silverman. It is directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (both of them are known for directing Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks). A synopsis for this film via IMDb reads: “The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs”.

This is based on a true story that helped change women’s rights in sports and jump start the sexual revolution-at the time, women were being paid about 1/8th of what men were.It took place in 1973 in the Houston Astrodome. Emma plays Billie Jean King-at 29 years old-the reigning women’s tennis champion. Steve-at 55 years old-is the chauvinistic men’s champ that makes big spectacles when he is on the tennis court-dresses in costumes and makes remarks like ‘Women belong in the kitchen and the bedroom!’. Steve brags that he can beat Emma and gets his chance on national TV to put his racket where his mouth is.

The movie also goes into the personal lives of both players, one is a gambling addict and the other is dealing with sexual identity issues. Battle Of The Sexes is an old fashioned, sensitive, crowd pleasing film that never feels outdated. When I watched this film I had a feeling that it was a documentary. Battle Of The Sexes isn’t just about tennis, but the universal fight to be freed from the shackles of outdated societal values. Despite the sport movie clichés, the filmmakers manage to find space for moments of real sensitivity; Billy Jean’s self-exploration or Bobby consoling his wife, the tension is felt on both sides.

Considering how many high-profile male politicians and public figures have been rightly criticized for their attitude towards women, the film could’ve taken a step to make Bobby Riggs a real chauvinistic monster. Credit to Carrell and Beaufoy for not descending Riggs into a caricature; he’s clown, showman and compulsive gambler who you may perversely believe that he helped Women’s Tennis Association in stature. I thought the script was brilliant, having some memorable lines and the acting of the main actors, Stone and Carrell was high class. I really appreciated also the performances of Sarah Silverman and Andrea Riseborough, who played an important role in the development of the story.

Battle Of The Sexes is a film that is highly entertaining. It will make you laugh and reflect on some aspects of life. Towards the end of the movie you will be cheering for Billie Jean King and become attached to this character.The 70s soundtrack was a great addition to the otherwise great score. The screenplay was fine, although it was a bit too straight forward at times as was the direction, but at least very effective. There were some slow moments but maybe only for someone who is not really into tennis (though the match scenes were really exciting due to the drama).

I think that Battle Of The Sexes is a film not to be missed. If I were to give it a mark it would be an 8 out of 10. I believe everyone will enjoy this movie. Battle Of The Sexes is out in cinemas everywhere ! Here’s a preview of what you can expect:

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