The Battle of the Sexes is a movie which was an absolute circus. It portraits a floored 29-year-old top-ranked woman tennis player Billie Jean King standing against a 55-year-old retired men’s tennis pro-Bobby Riggs. Bobby Riggs is shown as a determined male chauvinist and a devoted rival of the women’s lib. They stepped into the Houston Astrodome in the most un-tennis-like setting, which was sitting in a rickshaw being pulled by buxom models with the Captain from Castile playing in the background.

To make more money out of this match he also agreed to endorse Sugar Daddy’s caramel suckers with a specification to play that in an awful windbreaker. And there was another one for the hawk hai karate, which was a low budget aftershave know for beating back the women with martial arts moves.

On the other hand, king, who was the challenger came out in blue suede shoes and a dress designed by Ted Tinling, who was known as the magician of Tennis couture. She rode an ostrich fearer palanquin by olden Egyptian beefcakes. As she came out as Helen Reddy played her hit single “I Am Woman ” in the background.  As brought a piglet with her for Riggs as she came out.

What Went Down

This event was telecasted on American television on September 20, 1973. It still is known as the most watched tennis event in the American history. But the actual game was really boring and one-sided. The most horrifying example of sexism of that era regarding tennis is the fact that Riggs was considered the favorite to win.  The overall match was stereo-typically American in nature showcasing the cultural wars, which are the inspiration of many unmade film script. Battle of the Sexes proved to be a crowd pleaser coming from the pair of Valrie Fari and Jonathan Dayton. The movie stars Emma Stone as King and Steve Carell as Riggs. This as proven to be the first movie on the topic to get appreciation since the release of the TV movie When Billie Beat Bobby in the year 2001.

The story is told in a very in face of manner. But it doesn’t buy into the hype and bizarre display of the Astrodome showdown. But the lack of Tennis as a game in the movie falls away from the actual narrative. It has been flattened with click-on issues and character crisis missing the essence of the event.

The History

1973 was a big year for King as she founded the Women’s Tennis Association. This happened only 3 months before the showdown against Riggs. The script, which was written by Simon Beaufoy, abbreviates her story even further. As it puts King’s taunt-ful rivalry with Riggs alongside with her battle supporting pay equality in the early 70’s. It also discusses her accepting her sexuality in the late 60’s.

She also chose to go against the tennis legend plus promoter Jack Kramer played by Bill Pullman. She did so by creating a brand new professional tour with the assistance of Word Tennis Publisher Gladys Heldman played by Sarah Silverman and also a Virgina Slims Sponsorship pulling in a list of rescheduled world class players.

Riggs who is ruthless compulsive gambler styles in horn-rimmed glasses and ridiculous sideburns. Is bearing the brunt in a TV equipped Rolls Royce which he won in a bet in which he suggested for a male chauvinist vs. feminist match. This was the offer which King rejected in the first place.

The Breakdown

King and Riggs actually became friends after that in real life. Battle of the Sexes showcases them as having allied psyche with a clear differentiation between Kramer’s patronizing sexism and Riggs’ foolish satire shoving of the zeitgeist. Riggs’ was kicked out of this house by wife due to his gambling addiction. She is enjoying an on tour romance with her hairdresser as her husband manages her career from home. Riggs and King share a number of very devoting reasons to compete like attention, recognition and showing it to Kramer etc which shapes the movie. But still, there was no reason to play a game.

The leading of the events towards the main topic is baseless and uncommon. just like a highlights reel. Why is that hard to believe that professional athletes can have a bigger agenda then the commonly perceived notion of winning? Could they have any kind of relation with their bodies which a common person do not have?

Battle of the Sexes  Final Verdict

With the lingering fear of offering script notes to an existing film, why isn’t this obvious to the movie whose two main leads are struggling with issues like aging and sexuality? But keeping the sport depiction at one side, Dayton and Faris have done their research. They did their homework by observing the films for the late 60’s and early 70’s and got into the telephoto lenses. They even took the inbuilt frames of high-rise hotels, motor lodge motels, mid centuries lobbies and TVs and applied that information to the movie.

But there are certainly some lovely moments spread throughout the movie. Which are invested in the contradictions of the tour lifestyle. Depicting the feel of loneliness while surrounded by the similar group of blunt characters.

Maybe the truer version of Battle of the Sexes would exempt the tennis playing altogether. As, there are very few scenes of characters actually playing. It contains nothing but hotel rooms, phone calls and slightly erotic scenes of people getting their hair cut. But that just gives it reasons to exist.

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