Troublingly balanced in its depiction. Riggs doesn't need equal time, his story doesn't need equal emotional heft, nor does there need to be an established reason for him playing like he does. It undercuts the entire premise. Stone is good and the intentions are there. Visually quite ugly.
A highly satisfying film about BJK finding love with a beautiful lady and rising to the challenge put upon her by that dinosaur dingus of a man that is (was) Bobby Riggs. It significantly lessened the grip of depression upon me, and I proclaim Emma Stone as my future wife and saviour. 4.5 stars.
Disappointing film of the Bobby Riggs/ Billie Jean King match which fails to find a consistent tone in its telling. No fault of Emma Stone who fully captures King here with a tremendous performance or of the techs who capture the period setting in great detail. Scripting and direction lack here with an unfocused intent as does Steve Carell's turn as Riggs which seems to edge more to the comedic than depth.
A lot of great stuff in this and well worth watching. Wasn't afraid to have slow moments. A neat slant on the standard sports narrative. Loved the camera work, the colors, and the ambiance. The problem is there isn't enough room in this to do both the Carrell character and the Stone character justice. Stone gets a shorter shrift than Carrell which is a shame. Her love interest is a comically bland non-character.
Dayton and Faris direct Battle of the Sexes with a great sense of north, consistently making the right decisions about how to effectively tell a story that could easily be misconstrued at the hands of lesser filmmakers. The result is a well crafted, beautifully shot, strongly performed and surprisingly contemporary film about gender politics and everything that defines them behind closed doors.
This is certainly a good film, but it did leave me wanting more. The film has a lot of filler moments when it could have explored certain parts more deeply (Riggs doesn't feel like a completely realized character). But, the performances (especially the leads) are strong, the tense build-up leads to an exciting payoff (even knowing the end), and the story is inspiring without being overly simplified or condescending.
Cinematographer Linus Sandgren filmed this film entirely in grainy 35mm film, which makes the fictionalized version of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs look like we time-traveled back to watch it on our boxy television set as it happened live. The swift camera shots during the match aide in the mise-en-scene of an intense period of gender politics in the 70s, that still feel present.
Inspiring little jolt of history, feminism, and sharp-tongued wit without succumbing to the worst tendencies of its occasionally flowery presentation. The film's lesbian romance was very downplayed in the marketing, but to see it come to life in an understated manner makes it surpass all the chauvinistic quips on which the film sold the core of its battle. Emma Stone adds another terrific performance to her portfolio