As I had mentioned before in a previous review for Borg v McEnroe, tennis related sports movies are not at all common, but for some reason this year we are getting two movies in one year which is even more unusual.
This time we go back a little further than the previous one to 1973 and the hype around this one rivaled the publicity that you would normally associate with two prize fighters in a boxing match. It started out in a quiet way Billie Jean King, the female player was fighting to be paid the same prize money as her male counterparts. Enter Bobby Riggs into the mix, in his private life he gambled and would bet on pretty much anything. He also sought to capture past glories on the tennis court.
Bobby Riggs couldn’t help him himself and believed that men were the stronger players on the court and despite initially saying no, Billie Jean King found herself agreeing to the challenge.
Man against Woman on the tennis court – who would be the ultimate victor?
Along with these challenges on the court, both of them also faced internal
battles as well in their personal lives. To tell you any more would spoil the ending, but if you were not around to watch in 1973 or have caught it online somewhere, who do you think won?
Emma Stone portrays Billie Jean King and very well too I might add and Steve Carrell is ideally suited for the portrayal of Bobby Riggs. Do you have to be fan of tennis? No, it is what happens off the court and before the match that is as equally engaging compared to what happens on it. Might it be a contender for Oscars early next year? Well even it doesn’t end up in the final race for those golden statuettes it’s certainly a great watch.