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The only thing that this film has that the television didn't is a
bigger budget and not hiding Billie's sexuality. The screenplay is
mediocre and doesn't really capture the 1970's. The television film
also has much better actors and better screenplay.
Both films deal with the sexism the was women had to endure more in the 1970's. However this film does show that women were getting 1/2 the money men were getting playing the same sport.
Emma Stone is fine in the role of Billie. Steve Carell has makes a caricature out of Bobby Riggs and not really show his "human side". Yes Bobby was a real life cartoon but for a film that runs 30 minutes longer than its television counterpart it could of done a better job.
If you are looking for a good film to watch KEEP LOOKING
There may have been some slight deviations from the real events in part
...however, Carell does a fine job of recreating the 1-man flying
circus that was Bobby Riggs and Emma Stone provides a fine performance
as one of the most influential Americans of the last century. The
history is well worth seeing again. One can only imagine the immense
pressure on King at a time when women were paid a mere pittance in
professional tennis compared to men regardless of the equality of
ticket sales for men's and women's matches.. King took on an iconic
institution ...organized ... and prevailed. She refused to be bullied
and intimidated by USLTA (now USTA) overlord, Jack Kramer and anyone
else who opposed equality.
For those who were intending to see a film entirely about one of the major sporting events in the last century...one tennis match watched by 90 million worldwide viewers in the US and 36 countries ....perhaps they would have preferred to see more about the wheeling and dealing that led to the epic in the Houston Astrodome and less about her personal relationships and coming to terms with her sexuality. Nonetheless, coping with all these pressures in the time period only added to the stature of Billie Jean King. Most other humans would have collapsed under the pressure. After all, Riggs had just beaten the world's #1 woman player in May quite easily, 6-2, 6-1. But King won the high-pressure match in 3 sets. And continued the battle for equality for all Americans. in Bobby Riggs defense, it was all an act for him. He loved women and actually he and Billie became good friends following the match until his death in 1995. For whatever complaints critics may have re the direction or writing etc...the telling of the story of this battle for economic and social justice...and for new audiences to gain awareness of what occurred in the 1970s about an event that captured the nation and took it by storm....well worth it!
What an extremely relevant time to release this movie. Talks of Serena playing a male tennis player have been buzzing around for months. Emma Stone puts on a great portrayal of Billie Jean King, but does get overshadowed by Steve Carell's performance portraying the misogynist Bobby Riggs. He makes you cringe with most of his antics and you get a reminder of his years as the boss in "The Office". The story is one that this new generation could learn from.
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