The last stop on my Telluride Film Festival adventure was to see Directors, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ Battle of the Sexes. I waited in line for an hour and spent $30 at the ticket booth to be completely disappointed with this film. Reading the Wikipedia page for this historical tennis match is more exciting than this film adaptation.
Emma Stone = Billie Jean King
Steve Carell = Bobby Riggs
- Emma Stone & Steve Carell
If Battle of the Sexes had any redeeming quality, it was Emma and Steve’s performances. You can tell how much they poured into their roles and how seriously they took telling the story. I absolutely love these two actors, and that is why I was so disappointed to see their names attached to such a tragedy of a film.
- Obvious Hollywood Agenda
Billy Jean King is a closet homosexual feminist who struggles for equality in a male chauvenistic industry. Her story is great and should be told on the big screen, it’s only that Hollywood picked the wrong people to tell the story. The film tried to balance telling Billy Jean’s homosexuality discovery and her fight for gender equality. Those are two very hot topics in our society and the film’s attempts to make either statement wasn’t compelling.
2. Dull Storytelling
I don’t ever fall asleep in movies, but I actually was tempted this time. I was only kept awake by the fact that I spent $30 to see it. I had never heard of Billy Jean and Bobby Riggs before, but somehow I could predict every move the story took. Like I said before, you’re better off reading the Wikipedia page.
The best place to see this movie would be on an airplane, because it will help you fall asleep. I rate this a 5.2/10 and implore you to watch this film with low expectations. I wasted too much time with this movie, so I don’t want to waste any more time with it’s review.