Trailer Park

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Movies - By MUMTAJ BEGUM en­ter­tain­ment@thes­tar.com.my

BE­FORE you know it, sum­mer block­busters will be over and it’s time to get ready for Os­car-wor­thy films. Two such films are Mar­shall and Bat­tle Of The Sexes –onedeals with racism and the other tack­les sex­ism, but both are based on true sto­ries.

Mar­shall (pic) sees Black Pan­ther’s Chadwick Bose­man play a young Thur­good Mar­shall, who would later be­come the first African-Amer­i­can Supreme Court Jus­tice.

As the trailer shows, Thur­good is a prac­tis­ing lawyer in Bal­ti­more who stares racism straight into its eyes – be it fist fight­ing, drink­ing from white-only wa­ter foun­tains, or re­cruit­ing a Cau­casian at­tor­ney (Josh Gad) as his part­ner.

This trailer also lists out all of Thur­good’s achieve­ments be­fore shift­ing fo­cus towards its cen­tral case: rep­re­sent­ing a man ser­vant (Ster­ling K. Brown from This Is Us) ac­cused of at­tack­ing his white mis­tress (Kate Hud­son).

Mar­shall is set to open in the United States in Oc­to­ber.

The fight for equal­ity is also the theme in Bat­tle Of The Sexes ,a match that hap­pened on Sept 20, 1973 be­tween Bil­lie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. King took the fight to the ten­nis court to prove that a sportswoman is not in­fe­rior to a sportsman.

A fight that still goes on to­day in ma­jor sports, whereby women are earn­ing so much less than men. Ten­nis how­ever has gained trac­tion in the equal pay fight – as re­ported by The Guardian: “All Grand Slam tour­na­ments have of­fered equal prize money since 2007.”

The trailer shows King (por­trayed by Emma Stone) talk­ing about the fact that women should be paid and re­spected equally. And not help­ing mat­ters is chau­vin­ist ten­nis player Riggs (ac­tor Steve Carell tack­ling the role with much gusto).

Bat­tle Of The Sexes opens in the US in Septem­ber.

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