Last night saw our Unlimited screening of acclaimed drama Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell and directed by the Little Miss Sunshine duo of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.
The movie recounts the famous 1973 exhibition match between tennis legends Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, one that was to play a crucial role in discussions of gender equality on and off the court.
So what did you guys make of it? We'll start with Richard who praises the cast and the script's handling of an important event in pop culture history.
Really enjoyed it. Not just a sport movie, it's about sexism, women's rights & LGBTQI freedom as well as sport, wrapped up in drama & comedy. I sometimes find Emma Stone a bit cold but liked her here & Steve Carell was great as Bobby Riggs too. Alan Cummings' last line got me.— Richard Doherty (@TheKentishBrum) November 21, 2017
Meanwhile Emma says it's a slam dunk.
Such an enjoyable watch. It was funny, emotional and gripping all in one go. Game, set, match, for me.— Emma Sewell (@VisionInBlue) November 20, 2017
Here's Nadine with a potentially controversial view...
Emma Stone gives a better performance than she did in La La Land. Not Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris best film, but they made a real-life story enjoyable to watch.— Nadine (@nadineshambrook) November 20, 2017
We can't help but feel that's a discussion for another time. Katie says she's now seen the movie twice and it holds up brilliantly both times.
Thoroughly enjoyed it the second time round, thought that Emma Stone was brilliant as Billie Jean King and the same can be said for Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs. A great and uplifting drama. pic.twitter.com/bB9ptlnc8W— Katie (@katieisafilmfan) November 21, 2017
Nevertheless the movie didn't work for everyone – Kimberley says the script (by The Full Monty's Simon Beaufoy) could have done with some work.
Honestly, it was a drag. Could have been good but just wasn't engaging enough. It felt disjointed.— Kimberley (@parentlocked) November 20, 2017
And the superbly named Carrot Relish says the movie took too many dramatic shortcuts.
Couldn't get on with it. It was about breaking down barriers, yet Alan Cumming was incredibly stereotypically cast. "The men are more entertaining" they said and it was true - Steve Carell was too likeable as the 'villain' and wasn't in it enough. He drugged, movie dragged.— Carrot Relish (@ChrisTreloar) November 20, 2017
Don't forget that we've got more Unlimited screenings this November, the next one being hilarious movie-about-moviemaking The Disaster Artist, directed by and starring James Franco. Check out the trailer below and we look forward to seeing you there on 27th November.
And as if that wasn't enough our Secret Unlimited screening arrives on 29th November. What will it be? (Spoiler: it doesn't take place in a galaxy far, far away.)
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