Last week I got to see an early peak of Will Smith’s new movie King Richard. The story, based on Richard Williams–the father of the two best tennis players in the world, Serena (Demi Singleton) and Venus (Saniyya Sidney) Williams–focuses on how the father cultivated his daughters for greatness. King Richard is an engaging watch from start to finish due to the incredible talents of Smith as Richard Williams. On top of that the story never has a dull moment. Throughout the whole movie I never once felt bored because there was always something going on in each scene. It could have been lifting me up, tearing me up or cracking me up, but each scene was important and added something to the movie.
Everyone in the cast deserved a round of applause because they each dominated their roles, specifically Smith. I don’t think we have ever seen Smith do something like this. His performance definitely made a sizable impact on this film.
Although the movie is great, it still had some problems in my opinion. This story puts Serena in the back pocket, as you don’t see her doing much in the movie. The focus is more on Venus and her development as a tennis player. Although Serena wasn’t forgotten, I believe she deserved more screen time and should’ve been more involved.
The movie also does a three-year time jump that I didn’t like. During those years, Richard was in the news and media a lot. The film could’ve taken time to tell this part of the story instead of just skipping past it. It doesn’t hurt the movie, but I think it was a missed opportunity for Richard and Venus’s character development. The ending isn’t the best in the world either. The movie ends rather suddenly and leaves a lot to be desired, but it’s based on a true story, so. They used text at the end to wrap everything up. Bottom line, this movie is dope due to the dope actors following an even doper real life story. Check it out in theaters and on HBO Max November 19th.
By Gary Langfield, Junior, Noble Academy
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