Battle of the Sexes is, in many ways, a very timely release. As many groups publicly fight for equal rights and recognition in the modern world, Battle of the Sexes shows a famous battle for equal rights that took place on the tennis court in 1973 between woman’s champion Billie Jean King and showman, hustler and former men’s champion Bobby Riggs.
On the surface, Battle of the Sexes is a solid sports film with elements of comedy, but it also has some profound comparisons to the way the world works today, and is filled with meaningful moments and excellent characters.
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This is an advanced review where I saw a movie before the official release date, with thanks to the Moonlight Cinema. La La Land will release in all theaters across Australia on December 26th.
Well, folks, Oscar season appears to have well and truly arrived on Australian soil with this one. Damien Chazelle, the director of the highly acclaimed drama Whiplash, has turned his attention to the musicals of the old Hollywood era and brought the style back in a big way in La La Land – currently the hot favourite to win Best Picture at the Oscars.
And should it fulfill that win it will be a very well deserved win. It’s a beautiful movie, expertly crafted and full of vibrant colours, wonderful performances and memorable music. Now, I love a good musical, I really do. I know some (a lot of) people do not. I’d say that this is a musical that is accessible to anyone except the most ardent and stubborn haters of the genre, and it will hopefully be a film that sees the medium have something of a resurgence. I don’t know why we haven’t gotten more musicals recently.
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