I didn’t think this would amount to much with its low-budget poster, but it turned into an amazing surprise. This is a mind-blowing bit of American history and a must-see.
I did not watch the original event, being 7 and concerned with other matters.
The climax built up after a series of expanding stakes, which propelled a simple tennis challenge across the world stage.
It turned out that this was not simply a comical publicity stunt by an eccentric old provocateur. Bobby Riggs was also a tennis champion, and the challenge was deadly serious. If the top woman tennis player couldn’t defeat an over-the-hill obnoxious geezer, then it made the case in people’s minds that women were the inferior gender. This was the greater meaning of the match, and the entire country tuned in for this epic battle.
What’s more, Riggs defeated the top-ranked women’s contender, who had just toppled Billie Jean King from her throne. His misogynistic arguments were convincing people, and only Billie Jean could step up and turn the tables. There was no one else ready to stand up to the loudmouth bully. This was a do-or-die moment for the women of the western world.
The cast was brilliant. The cinematography mesmerizing. The conflict real.
I was completely blown away by this film.
A Satirical Comedy