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    Still not sitting right with me that they made a movie about their father instead of these two amazing women who actually did the deeds. They are the ones who achieved all of that through their hard work and resilience. The movie also glossed over him abandoning his other family. I think it’s only mentioned once by his wife and that’s all.  He paid no child support and pretended that they didn’t exist in favor of his next family. It veers too much into hagiography territory for me to take this seriously. It shouldn’t even get into BP.

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    The movie also glossed over him abandoning his other family. I think it’s only mentioned once by his wife and that’s all. He paid no child support and pretended that they didn’t exist in favor of his next family.

    Exactly. Why bring forth this topic if they didn’t develop it?

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    Exactly. Why bring forth this topic if they didn’t develop it?

    If they explored Richard’s flaws as well as they did his strengths they’d have to change the title of the movie I guess…the sanitisation of events and his character is what really spoiled the movie for me.

    FYC:

    Swinton, Weerasethakul Memoria, (Best Actress, Director)
    Efira, Rampling, Wilson Benedetta (Best Actress, Supporting Actress/Actor)
    Rapace Lamb (Best Actress)
    Stewart, Hawkins, Spall Spencer (Best Actress, Supporting Actress/Actor)

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    Still not sitting right with me that they made a movie about their father instead of these two amazing women who actually did the deeds. They are the ones who achieved all of that through their hard work and resilience. The movie also glossed over him abandoning his other family. I think it’s only mentioned once by his wife and that’s all. He paid no child support and pretended that they didn’t exist in favor of his next family. It veers too much into hagiography territory for me to take this seriously. It shouldn’t even get into BP.

    There’s no Venus Williams movie for the same reason there’s no Michael Jordan movie, or Wayne Gretzky movie, or Messi movie. “Here’s this immensely talented and dedicated young phenom who was given everyhing they needed to succeed, and proceeded to demolish the competition” is simply not a very engaging cinematic narrative. Meanwhile the story of Richard is basically a rags-to-riches tale, a much loved narrative in America. Plus Richard is himself an interesting character, being both a very loving and supportive parent, and a difficult, stubborn, arrogant person who’s a borderline user.

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    King richard was amazing.

     

    It reminded me of hidden figures.

     

    And they absolutely did the right thing making richard the main focus

    A little bit of Magic never hurt anybody.

    ~ MYSTIC

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    I’m giving this 3 years before I share my final thoughts. Lol. I hated Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler because I was so pissed at his character. Eventually, I chalked that up to good acting.  I hate Smith here (more than usual) because its supposed to be an ends justify means story. Whatever. Every single time his wife puts him in his place, I’m just cheering.

     

    Kudos to him if he wins. Hope Ellis gets nominated. Not just that kitchen scene but the scene in the car, the scene when Goldwyn’s character was kicked out the story, that scene with neighbor. I love her. Amazing Beyonce song. I don’t really care for the editing.

     

    I just love movies. And awards.

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    Given the current “climate” of the country I would predict King Richard, being a movie about the success story of 2 Black, female women will beat out a movie about White Irishmen.  Lol, just sayin. I watched King Richard this weekend and really enjoyed the storyline and accuracy in its portrayal of this family.  Kudos!

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    Enjoyed King Richard when I saw it over the weekend. Thought Will Smith did an excellent job and I enjoyed Saniyya (Hope I spelled this correct) Sidney’s performance as Venus and Aunjanue Ellis as the mother, Oracene.

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    I thought this was a really good, if not also conventional and by-the-numbers, throwback to the kind of sports movie we used to get a bit more frequently in Hollywood, and was a better version of the stereotypical biopic we still see today to varying degrees of success. The film hits every beat you expect it to, but does it well enough to keep you engaged during its nearly two and a half hour runtime that, to me, moved along briskly enough that I never really felt the length of the film. Zach Baylin’s script is fine, with a few moments that elevate this beyond the typical sports biopic, and Reinaldo Marcus Green’s direction excels during the tennis scenes and holds together the other parts of the film well enough. As has been pointed out by most, the success of this film lays within the individual performances and the chemistry between the ensemble. Will Smith delivers a movie star performance, which is not always guaranteed of him or any other actor/actress of his caliber. There’s something about seeing a big-name actor turn it on and knowing they’re in the zone that elevates it beyond a regular old performance. There’s not necessarily anything groundbreaking about Smith’s performance, and he’s not even really doing anything we haven’t seen him do before, but you also watch this movie and remember why he’s been a beloved star in film and television for the past three decades, and it shows that there is still gas in the tank. Aunjanue Ellis is reliably great in what could’ve been a thankless role, but she’s aided by Baylin’s script decidedly giving the character of Oracene a few key scenes to elevate her beyond the silent supportive wife caricature. The kitchen scene everyone is talking about is undoubtedly the moment of the movie, and while this is purposefully a mainstream, feel-good sports biopic, that moment gives you a hint of what the unfiltered version of this story could’ve been, but the fact that we still do get that moment from Ellis in this film makes it stand out even more so. Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton were really good and had an instant chemistry I bought into, and Sidney gets more to work with to establish that she is a talent we should really be keeping our eye on over the next decade or so. I found the supporting turns by Tony Goldwyn in the first half and Jon Bernthal in the second to be a necessary piece of the puzzle to build an ensemble outside of the Williams family, and their performances were a warm and welcome presence. I’ve seen a lot of discussion about criticism surrounding the film that I largely disagree with, but it always seemed obvious to me that this was going to be a mainstream, four-quadrant approach, and so overall, I enjoyed the film for exactly what it was and think it was successful by that measure.

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    Nothing about this movie amazed me. In fact I found it a by the numbers snoozefest. Something is not right with this film. I can’t put my finger on it, but this was the most disappointing thing I’ve seen so far this Oscar season, easily. I wouldn’t even nominate Will smith for an Oscar, let alone give him the award.

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    I think December is going to be very important for this movie, it needs to perform well with all the critic circles.

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    I really enjoy the movie, the performances, even the directing was pretty solid for this type of film! This is Mr. Smith’s “The Blind Side”.

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    Given the current “climate” of the country I would predict King Richard, being a movie about the success story of 2 Black, female women will beat out a movie about White Irishmen. Lol, just sayin. I watched King Richard this weekend and really enjoyed the storyline and accuracy in its portrayal of this family. Kudos!

    King Richard is at least a more rewarding experience than Belfast.

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