Release Date: September 29, 2017
Battle of the Sexes is based on the true story of Billie Jean King, one of the top women’s tennis players, taking on Bobby Riggs, an aging male tennis hall of famer in a nationally televised match to determining if a woman could beat a man in tennis.
I knew of this match growing up, but it took place a few months before I was born so by the time I was old enough to understand sports, it had long faded from the spotlight so I never knew the real spectacle of it. I had no idea it was such a huge thing. Like any biopic I watch, I find myself wondering what was real, what was embellished and what was glossed over. Despite having those questions, I didn’t find myself really concerned about them. The movie was enjoyable enough and didn’t have anything overly outrageous for me to question much.
The Michael Scott issue aside, I found the movie enjoyable. The trouble with a movie like this is everyone knows the ending. The script, director, and actors must keep the audience engaged enough to stay despite knowing and I feel they did that. The smart thing was the inclusion of Billie’s woman lover and her figuring out she was gay/bisexual. This storyline made the entire movie for me. It took the film away from being a sports movie and the focus on the character of Billie Jean King, her discovery of her sexual orientation, and her fight to have women thought of as equals. For those reasons, I would recommend this film if you have the option, but just barely and there are more I would recommend over it.