Good movie, but best of all time? Hardly . . .
Good concept, poorly executed.
This movie was so-so. It had it's moments, but wasn't the greatest.
Easily the biggest piece of Right wing non sense propaganda I ever saw.
I remember watching the real "Battle of the Sexes." I was 16 when it happened, and I remember my dad saying, "Well what did you expect? She's 25 years younger than he is!" But Bobby Riggs had just beaten Margaret Court, and was quite a good player. Everyone was in such anticipation of this match back then and even I thought he might well beat Billie Jean. The movie is slow to start out with, and concentrates a lot on Billie Jean's attraction and affair with another woman while still married. But it really picks up after an hour and did a good job showcasing the circus this event had become. Steve Carrell and Emma Stone were both great in it, really tried hard to portray the tennis stars they were playing honestly, and they just had to have practiced a lot to get the match right on court. Good job by both of them.
There's not enough for a film, so they mash everything they read on Wikipedia about Billie Jean King. Bobby Riggs match, the battle for pay equality; and discovery of her lesbian feelings. All are ok, but it's the gay story-line that is done the best. Shot beautifully and an interesting love triangle develops, where you have a real empathy for the husband.
From the director couple who made Little Miss Sunshine into a big hit comes this drama based on a true story that millions of americans watched on tv nearly 45 years ago, the "Battle of the Sexes", the tennis match between Billie Jean King and Briggs, played by Emma Stone and Steve Carell in Oscar worthy performances that should've been nominated for the golden men. The movie begins with Billie Jean facing off against Margaret Court in the so called "Mother's Day Massacre", which was named since Court defeated King by a landslide on Mother's Day. Months later, all is set for the Battle of the Sexes, a man vs woman tennis match for money broadcast live via satellite on ABC to millions of viewers beaming live from the Astrodome, where 30,000 fans pack the stadium to witness history. In the end, Billie wins and gets the trophy.
You know the plot before you watch it, but the great true story is enough to make this watchable. Stone does her best Billie King impression but fails to pack any kind of punch in the role. Steve Carell on the other hand is simply perfect and makes the film worth seeing.