By Eddy Montilla.
Directed by: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Written by: Simon Beaufoy
Genre: Drama, comedy
MPAA: PG-13 Parents strongly cautioned (Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.)
Starring: Emma Stone (as Billie Jean King), Steve Carell (as Bobby Riggs) and Andrea Riseborough (as Marilyn Barnett)
Running Time: 121 minutes
“Based on a true story” can be a fair explanation or a label. Used as a label, in the world of movies, it has always been a good bait to obtain higher ratings, especially if at the end of the film it is written the way those involved are living today because it puts the public into motion, people are all moved by those phrases and, like horses that are pulling a wagon, they move their heads and the movie will be passed on the nod. Battle of the sexes (2017) is one of those movies “based on a true story” and it is also a good example to understand how people are losing their critical eye these days to turn into blind people in terms of reflection or robots that repeat “good morning” every time a person enters an office.
The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs could be considered as the most important event of all time in that sport, not for the high level of quality shown by the players (Bobby was 55 years old and he had retired from professional tennis), but because of the match itself represented: A gap, an opening for the emancipations of women and consequently, it was a fight to demonstrate that men are superior to women (Bobby Riggs) or to prove that women are equal to men (Billie Jean). You do not need to have a highly developed sense of observation to know that this is not the main idea of Battle of the sexes (2017), but Billie Jean’s lesbianism and that’s why a lot time was used during the scenes when she was talking to her hairdresser and lover, both girls at the hotel and many other irrelevant things like that for the case mentioned before.
If the director’s intention (or writer’s) was to focus on lesbianism, homosexuality, recognition of rights for those people, etc., this is something different, another matter, and I do not care at all about it because it is not my movie, but at least, change the title of the film for a simple reason: We went to see a battle between a man and a woman, not a man and a lesbian or a homosexual and a woman. What did we get at the end? A real disappointing movie on that aspect that forced me to watch the film and waste two fruitless hours of my life, and I am getting old, so I cannot afford to. Fortunately, Emma Stone and Steve Carell were there to console me with their good performance. Watch the film if you want (according to other movie reviewers, the movie is out of the ordinary), but for me, that steak is not good enough to lick my fingers.
This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion.
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