Emma Stone makes her second appearance of 2017 following her mesmerising performance in January's La La Land. The young actress takes on the role of Billy Jean King, one of the definitive figures in tennis history. Battle of the Sexes follows the twenty night year old tennis player on her journey of female equality in the sport after she discovers the pay gap between men and women: soon challenged by the obstinate Bobby Riggs with not only her career but women's reputation at stake.
This swish 70's biopic serves a triumphant matchpoint for women's status in the sporting world. Compelled by tennis titans Billy Jean King and Bobby Riggs, Battle of the Sexes is an empowering, enlightening sensation.
Told through its charming script and equally charming story, Battle of the Sexes almost caught one off guard. Striking seventies visuals often standout with a fuzzy, lens glared blur: there's a sort of art to its merged scenes of warm colours.
For tennis fans it serves a fantastic retelling of historical events: beyond that Battle of the Sexes offers a far more touching story beneath its fuzzy green surface. Sold on the rivalry between King and Riggs, it appears as a far more poignant story than imagined. It is, in recent memory, one of the few pictures which highlights the LGBTQ community within sport. Rather than a mean spirited, drama of grit and determination, Battle of the Sexes brings to the court how an inspiring individual’s challenges and beliefs helped diversify the sporting world as we know it.
From teen comedy Easy A to poignant racial drama The Help, Battle of the Sexes marks the peak of Stone's career, portraying one of sports most dominant female faces. The gauntlet has been passed and, following her oscar win earlier this year, Stone is crowned the new Meryl Streep for the modern generation. The young actress offers a powerful turn in her career taking on her first role as a gay character, portrayed with the upmost grace and elegance, Stone is simply beautiful.
There's no hiding from this terrific tennis drama's powerful backhand. The inspiring light of the LGBTQ community shines light upon a newer form of drama in film and portrays one of sport history's most important events. Battle of the Sexes presents a touching and inspiring story that brings to light both gay and women rights in a time which is need certain need of change.
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