There are more artistically inspired versions of the "Battle of the Sexes" story, but in art, like in tennis, the moment dictates the shot; this moment called for a crisp forehand smash, and "Battle of the Sexes" delivered.
An exhilarating movie propelled by two mesmerizing star performances-Emma Stone and Steve Carell.
Carell's cartoonish antics are funny enough, but the two women are the tale's real champions.
By attempting to use the sports world as a lens through which to view the social-sexual currents of its time, the filmmakers turn "Battle of the Sexes" into a barely muted rallying cry for equality in our own time.
Imagine Hillary and Trump Swinging Rackets. Emma Stone and Steve Carell's recreation of the media circus that was the '73 King-Riggs tennis match couldn't be more relevant.
Handsome and moving if a bit cautious, Battle is full of smart complexities and sensational acting.
Even if you've Googled the outcome, or are old enough to remember watching it on television, the film's reenactment of the battle and the bluster makes for entertaining and at times riveting viewing.
It's a feel-good film with a somewhat curdled legacy: You could clip just about any piece of sexist dialogue here, label it 2017 and pass it off as plausible.
It deserves to be said that Mr. Carell is both a bona-fide movie star and a marvelous actor, two things that don't always go together.