One of the most anticipated movies of the season is Battle of The Sexes starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell. The movie is based on the true story of female tennis player Billie Jean King who faced Bobby Riggs in a nationally televised exhibition match.
Refusing to let male misogyny dominate the courts. In the film, 29-year-old King is tired of the gender inequality in a sport where women were so shockingly deemed inferior as a means to justify the wage gap. So King, who had just won the 1972 US Open, finds out that the United States Lawn Tennis Association has announced a new prize fund, offering eight times less for women. This fuels her ambition to launch the Women’s Tennis Association in order to provide an equal working space for women.
This irritates most male players including ex-pro Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) who challenges her to the most proficient test – a match or battle of the sexes which in his mind will prove that women are in fact inferior and thus deserve a lesser pay. Directing duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) have recounted these events in Battle of the Sexes.
Movie goers should be prepared for everyday sexism casually falling out of almost every male character’s mouth (“It’s not your fault, it’s biology!”)
Apart from the women’s issues and serious Oscar buzz, the film is filled with exquisite 70s fashion moments. From the perfect tennis outfits, wide legged jeans and extra geek chic glasses taking centre stage throughout.
Battle of the Sexes will be released in the UK on 22 November.