Fifth about The Seventh

King Richard

King Richard: the subject of Reinaldo Marcus Green’s biopic, Richard Williams, is an interesting one; by all accounts, he was a controversial but crucial enabler (using this word in its purest, most positive sense) for his daughters, Venus and Serena, as this poster visually represents in a smart way. Nevertheless, his story is their story and the film raises him from supporting to main character while keeping them almost as an afterthought. That gripe set aside, this is a conventional and competent telling of his story. The performances are really strong, starting with Will Smith, who gives a really emotional side to the man. Aunjanue Ellis, playing his wife and their mother, is quite a good match to him, a strong and meaningful figure. Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton, as the young Venus and Serena, are very engaging. At last, Jon Bernthal is also quite entertaining as the often challenged and exasperated trainer. Cinematographer Robert Elswit shoots the tennis and the emotional exchanges quite well. The film, however, feels a bit too long.

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