'Battle Of The Sexes' Depicts The Triumph Against Misogyny We Need Today

'Battle Of The Sexes' Depicts The Triumph Against Misogyny We Need Today

'Battle Of The Sexes' Depicts The Triumph Against Misogyny We Need Today

As entertaining as it is timely, Battle of the Sexes is one of the most important movies of the year. "Battle of the Sexes" is a timely reminder the struggle for greater equality between men and women is not over, though times have surely changed for the better since the tennis match between Bobby Riggs against Billie Jean King. Stone plays the role of King, while Steve Carell portrays Riggs. With the women's liberation movement in full swing, King leads a revolt against the industry and starts her own tennis association.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about her latest venture, Emma said: "I've never played a real person before and it's, like, this person is an icon and an absolute badass that I could never even hope to be exactly like". And, the journey of Billie Jean King had a lot more twists and turns, hence it's more interesting than what is shown here.

Riggs lost to King, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 and King said after the victory, "I thought it would set us back 50 years if I didn't win that match".

GREENE: I'm just so interested in this idea that Billie Jean was there helping you as best she could, but there was only so far she could go because she wasn't feeling those tensions from 1973 anymore. These things keep coming up, and the issues that we're dealing with in the film are - I don't think they're ever going to actually be completely resolved. The character deepens, however, when Marilyn Barnett, played by Andrea Riseborough, enters the picture. An iconic photo that Faris and Dayton re-create in the film features the pioneering tennis stars holding up $1 bills - symbols of the $1 contracts they signed.

EMMA STONE: (As Billie Jean King) Yeah, I'm done talking.

The film is worth seeing for Stone's performance alone, proving why she's the defending Oscar champ for Best Actress.

"My bottom line was I had to win", King said.

The former Democratic presidential nominee, 69, was handed a top secret packet of papers by the talk show host - the contents of which were the entire list of jokes and skits he and his producers had planned to use had Hillary won the election, including a very NSFW take on her campaign slogan, "I'm with her".

"He was a chauvinist", she reassures, but adds, "He wanted to be loved and have attention". "And I remember the question I asked myself as 12-year-old". "You know, you want to do a movie like this, and you want it to be a period piece". King also paved the way and emboldened female athletes the world over and gained worldwide respect for women in sport. Sleeping in lousy hotels and eating in diners, they soon get an upgrade, thanks to an endorsement from Virginia Slims cigarettes, which the women are encouraged to smoke.

Of course, good stories don't just sit out there waiting to be told, and for as smartly hidden as the filmmakers' craft is here, the smartest thing they do in Battle of the Sexes is resist the temptation to create easy villains.

Their filmmaking is bolstered by a wonderful script by Simon Beaufoy (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Slumdog Millionaire). "Here she is the most famous woman athlete in the country and she has this secret life". And although the incandescently elfin Stone doesn't much resemble King-who always looked both refined and California-friendly-she nails King's thoughtful directness. Beyond the sports world she has been a spokesperson for gender equality, gay rights and social justice.

DAYTON: And our kids would say, you know, stop fighting.

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