Battle of the Sexes – Film Review

I LOVE tennis and I don’t use the word ‘love’ lightly. I practically live at the Australian Open every year for most of the tournament. There’s just something special about tennis that’s so personal, mesmerising and thrilling. So, when I heard about Battle of the Sexes, I knew that this would be a film I had to see.

Battle of the Sexes is a biographical comedy-drama sports film that tells the true story of World Number One, Billie Jean King, ex-champion Bobby Riggs and the tennis match that takes place 1973. But it’s not just about the tennis match.

Battle of the Sexes is a loving tribute to sports legend, Billie Jean King for not only her winnings and fair play, but for her championing feminism and equality.

The acting in Battle of the Sexes is great. I enjoyed Emma Stone and Steve Carrell in their roles as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Despite the title ‘Battle of the Sexes’ and wanting Emma Stone’s character to succeed, we can’t really bring ourselves to hate Bobby Riggs because he’s got his own reasons and flaws for playing the game.

I found Battle of the Sexes to be very moving, relatable and inspiring. This film was so engaging, I felt I was part of the audience in the arena watching the tennis match live. I even had to consciously remind myself not to clap in the cinema when Billie Jean King won points!

Overall, Battle of the Sexes is superb and one of the best films I have seen of 2017. I strongly suggest you watch it. Even though the events took place back in the 1970’s, the subject of equality could not be more relevant. You really don’t have to be an avid tennis fan like myself to enjoy this film, but it sure helps.

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