Everyone loves a good biopic; movie fans, critics, and film award bodies. With biopics, actors have the opportunity to really display their talents by transforming themselves into another real person.
It is a job that is extremely difficult but not for many, as we have had several excellent biographies by very talented actors and actresses.
There are usually a couple of biographies in every Academy award season, and this year will be no different.
Reinaldo Marcus Green’s “King Richard” was recently premiered, and so far, the audiences and critics who have seen the film rated it highly, especially for the fantastic performance by Will Smith, who played the lead role of Richard Williams.
Here is a thorough and critical review of Will Smith’s “King Richard.”
‘King Richard’ Is A Based On A Real Story
“King Richard” was based on the famous true story of Richard Williams, father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams. Williams was a demanding, relentless father who loved his family and dreamt of taking them out of the Compton neighborhood they lived in.
To do this, he was determined to do anything and everything that he could to make his voice be heard.
He focused on his daughters Venus (played by Saniyya Sidney), Serena (played by Demi Singleton), for whom he had created life plans. He intended that his daughters be successful sports stars and chose Tennis, a predominantly white male sport.
Despite his love for his daughters and confidence in their success, is it possible that Williams was too overbearing and pushed them too hard? Did his determination and desire for success and fame negatively impact his relationship with his daughters and family?
‘King Richard’ Focused On Richard’s Journey
Venus and Serena are two of the most iconic sports stars in history and easily the famous women and players in the tennis world. Despite their fame and relevance to the story, “King Richard” wasn’t about them; it was about Willaims himself.
The film focused on his journey as a man and a father. The success of his daughters was huge for them, but really, it was also a massive win for Williams.
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As someone who went for most of his life without respect, this change and success in his family was a dream come true. And the movie seeks to reveal the tough journey up until those happy moments.
Of the two sisters, the movie built a stronger narrative for Venus and sort of pushed Serena into the shadows. It showed Venus’s struggles with trying to impress her father and meet his expectations for her and her sister’s struggles with feeling less worthy and loved than her sister.
Despite The Drama, It’s Still A Sports Movie
The movie explored feelings of self-worth by Williams and his daughters and went in-depth into the internal battle that each character experienced on their journey to success. Despite the dramatic and emotional theme of the film, it is still, at its core, a sports movie.
Its primary focus is on the hardcore training that Williams put his daughters through until he was satisfied by their talent and skill level.
At that point, the film delved into the initial real games that the sisters played, and writer Zach Baylin did not disappoint.
Game after game, the audiences watched the story build-up, and the dramatic tone of the movie was the perfect angle to balance it out and turn the film into more than an ordinary sports biopic.
‘King Richard’ Is A Flawed But Inspiring Film
Creators of “King Richard” have called the movie the “true story that will inspire the world.” In all honesty, it indeed was a motivating and inspiring film. Baylin’s fantastic screenplay and Green’s quality directing made the movie an impressive, compelling story that was more than just a combination of stirring drama, comedy, and sports.
However, it was not a perfect film. It showed difficulty in criticizing its characters. Yes, it pointed out Willaims’s flaws but shied away from going in-depth about these flaws and critiquing them.
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The other characters who called him out on his behavior got shoved into a corner and were given antagonistic treatment. Another issue was that the film only teased at the personal narratives of Venus and Serena and could have given a little bit of an explanation.
Regardless of the flaws, one thing is undeniable about the film; it had quality acting. Smith effortlessly delivered one of the best performances of his career, and Sidney was a young, shining star in her portrayal of Venus.