Fifth about The Seventh

Battle of the Sexes

Battle of the Sexes: the story that Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ biopic tells is an important one (particularly in this day and age where this issue seems to have stagnated for a while, to be generous), but that doesn’t make it any less entertaining. It could be more incisive, in any case. The film mixes well drama with farce, in part due to the nature of the character played (rather efficiently, as a matter of fact) by Steve Carell. Emma Stone is very strong, in a tougher, more nuanced role; Andrea Riseborough is also a nice presence in a pivotal role dealt with great delicacy. Period recreation is very good, in particular Mary Zophres’ costume design, which replicates the era without falling into a caricature. Cinematographer Linus Sandgren images are richer, more elegant and distinctive than the genre usually displays.


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