Battle of the Sexes
Sport has a long tradition at the movies. Boxing has been popular since the early days of black and white silent films, but baseball, American football, and basketball have also been common on the big screen for decades. Tennis, however, isn’t a sport that filmgoers are used to seeing outside of backyard matches in high society. This is part of what makes Battle of the
Sexes such an interesting film, alongside the true story at its centre. Emma Stone ( La La Land) and Steve Carell ( Foxcatcher) star as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, two top athletes of the game who battled it out on prime-time television in 1973. It was an event that was watched by 90 million people worldwide, attracted by King’s energetic talents up against Riggs’ brash, chauvinistic personality.
Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, this husband and wife team found success in 2006 with Little Miss Sunshine and it makes perfect sense for a male– female directing team to take the reins on this comedy with a social edge.
Stone, fresh off her recent Academy Award win, is well cast in a role that utilises her comic skills.