First of all, yes, I did go see a movie. YAY!
And that movie was Battle Of The Sexes, which was excellent. So double YAY!
And Aless was with me. So TRIPLE YAY!
Battle Of The Sexes itself really good. Emma Stone is fantastic, the focus of the movie is completely different than I thought it would be, but we’ll get there. If you’re unfamiliar with the “battle” at the center of the movie, it refers to an exhibition tennis match between long time champion Billie Jean King and retired Hall of Famer Bobby Riggs. It was a media circus, a referendum on women’s sports and a defining career moment for King.
But that match is barely even a part of the movie. It’s much, much more about King, her sexual awakening, (King’s a lesbian, but was married to a man for most of her 20s.) the founding of the Virginia Slims Women’s Tour, and her push to have equal prize money for female champions (A fight she won. The US Open was the first tournament to comply. Billie Jean King is THE SHIT you guys. Read about her.)
Stone’s performance is exceptional. Actually every performance in this movie is exceptional, but she sets the tone. Her confusion as she falls in love with her hairdresser is palpable, her standing her ground is exceptionally rendered.
Steve Carrell brings a broken childish humanity to Riggs too. His story is less compelling but still interesting, an aging addict trying for one last score. He plays Riggs as complicated, a little confused, and somewhat backward (though nowhere near as backward as he came off publicly.)
The supporting cast gives really strong performances, with standouts (naturally) from Alan Cumming and Sarah Silverman. (Seriously, if Silverman doesn’t walk away from awards season without at least a few dozen nominations and at least one statue, I’ll be shocked.)
Overall this is a solid movie, made revolutionary by the life of it’s subject.
- Wonder Woman
- The Big Sick
- Battle Of The Sexes
- Spider-Man: Homecoming
- Guardians of The Galaxy: Volume 2
- King Arthur: Legend of The Sword
- The Dark Tower
- Cars 3
- Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Goodbye Christopher Robin – I was sobbing at the trailer for this. Forget about the actual movie, I mean, I’ll see it, but oof.
Wonderstruck – I’m pretty sure I read this book and really enjoyed it. The movie looks really good though.