I was super excited for "Battle of the Sexes". I love Steve Carell and Emma Stone. I love them together. I love comedic biopics. I love "Little Miss Sunshine". It seemed like a prefect match. I was missold.
The trailers only sold the second half of the film. The first half of the film is instead a lesbian romantic drama about Billie Jean King and her lover. I am fine with LGBTQ themes and LGBTQ films, I just don't want it to be shoved down my throat under the disguise of something else. The film felt preachy and unoriginal, because better movies like that had been done before. If I would have known about that going in, I may have been more impressed, but as it was, it disappointed me. Additionally, I'm not exactly sure how it was rated PG13. There was a sex scene that I would have thought would give it an R rating, even if it were between a heterosexual couple. The second half of the film was definitely more satisfying. It was funnier, quicker-paced, and had less weird metaphors that never really paid off. It was what I had wanted to see.
I would say that the film was rather well-made. The opening shot is weird and choppy, but I really liked the rest. The first half of the film had a very dream-like feel to it, which, while not what I was expecting, worked with the (also unexpected) first act. The integration of fake television footage into the second half was really good, too. Emma Stone and Steve Carell both do very good jobs in their role. There is also a large supporting cast, though, with some big names, who aren't given as much to do.
Overall, "Battle of the Sexes" wasn't what I was sold on, so I wasn't impressed. If I had went in knowing about the first act, I probably would have enjoyed it more. This is proof to the flaws of advertising.
Battle of the Sexes
Big Tuna's Rating: B-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
I look at films as if through old red and blue 3D glasses— one lens is as art, one lens is as entertainment.
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