King Richard movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Let’s just say that this is an extremely weak movie that’s also the last biopic film that should be on your watchlist. It’s more boring than inspirational, and the performances are truly overrated, with no big dramas.


Venus and Serena Williams each become one of the top female tennis players of all time with the coaching and support of their father, Richard Williams.

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Movie details

Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green
Cast: Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Jon Bernthal
Writer: Zach Baylin
Release Date (Australia): 3 November 2021
Runtime: 144 minutes/2h 22m
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

The film includes themes relating to racial and crime-related violence.

Violence (M)

The film contains infrequent depictions of violence, including a drive-by shooting and a man being beaten by a group of men. These scenes feature a small amount of blood detail.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains uses of the words “s**t”, “ass”, “crap”, “bitch”, “hell”, “damn” and a single use of “f**k”.

Drug Use (PG)

The film contains mild verbal references to drugs using the words “smoking a blunt”, “marijuana”, “heroin” and “crack cocaine possession”.

Sex (PG)

A man threatens another man by saying he will “run a train” on his daughter.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for some violence, strong language, a sexual reference and brief drug references)

Aussie boy's thoughts

When a true-story movie doesn’t face any big disappointments and there’s a lacking focus of how the characters feel during the process, it just happens to be a really boring and uninspiring determined-drama without the drama. This is exactly the kind of movie King Richard is, and when you consider the fact that the movie is mainly attentive to the parents even more than the famous stars, there’s an incredible amount of missed opportunities.

For example, the film is lazy when it comes to bonding between the parents, played by Will Smith and Aunjanue Ellis, and the children, Venus and Serena Williams being played by Demi Singleton and Saniyya Sidney. It doesn’t even have a sufficient try at trying to connect you to their story and situation, and it’s more for the obsessed fans who will admire every shot and line without blinking for the entire 2 and a half hours. The fact that there’s really no big problems that get in their way, unlike other biopic sports movies, is extremely dull and makes it very hard to find anything to be inspired by and find a reason to truly root for these characters who are based on REAL-LIFE PEOPLE. It’s entertaining for a while, until you realise it’s not moving you.

The best performances come from the children, and Will Smith does not deserve his Oscar award for best acting (not saying that just because of the Chris Rock slap). The film really lacks emotional intensity everywhere in the characters and plot, and the best climatic moment of the film is the tennis match towards the end. This film only cares about watching the journey of the tennis stars as they grew up, and their arranged father.

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