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King Richard

7.52 h 24 min2021X-RayHDR12
Based on a true story. Richard Williams, father of legendary tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams, shows family and perseverance can achieve the impossible and impact the world
Reinaldo Marcus Green
Will SmithAunjanue EllisSaniyya Sidney
English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Demi SingletonTony GoldwynJon Bernthal
Tim WhiteTrevor WhiteWill Smith
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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Highway 249 revisitedReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 March 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Inspirational and entertaining
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Great film. Some caveats though. You probably have to enjoy watching tennis to enjoy this film, and you definitely have to NOT be a bigot (I know there’s still some walking amongst us 😥).
Will Smith does a great job convincing us that he’s Richard Williams, being inspirational, unrepentantly single minded for the girls, and occasionally very annoying. He seemed to want and expect everything his own way, all the time, and that sometimes came across as rudeness to others, but that’s seen from my white middle aged viewpoint. The portrayal of life in the ghetto was terrifying, where his family not only had to endure being seen as second class by those in power, but also as “other” by those in their socio-economic group, as they fought to better their lot and decided to not do what their contemporaries did. The other main actors who played the girls, his wife, and the tennis coaches who finally took them on we’re just brilliant too. The only thing that jarred with me was the exclusion from the story of their disabled son, who was sent to a medical facility (he was airbrushed out of the story) which is perhaps a perfect example of Richard Williams’ need for control over everything. I’d watch this film again, and I don’t watch many twice!
6 people found this helpful
JohnByReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 December 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
A very long winded avenue to show you what you probably know already..
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The girls who played the Williams sisters were excellent, the rest? all pretty much take them or leave them.
SPOILER ALERT: :-) If you know that Richard Williams is Venus and Serena's Father, that they are very successful tennis players and that he was driven to make them a success from a very young age (even before they were born if you believe the film) and you know that you don't achieve such success in life without being focused, single-minded and not always 'the nice guy'!, then that's it! you needn't watch the film.
4 people found this helpful
MoseleyshoalsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing Biopic!
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What a film! A superb account of the life of Serena and Venus Williams and the struggles of Richard Williams in the making of two champions! Some would say he was pushy parent but when looked at from the eyes of someone who was not bestowed with a privileged life, you can see he wanted to give his children a life that was a million miles from the kind of life he had. A great film to watch with teens to inspire them!
3 people found this helpful
Leiyah RelahReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 February 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
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This was a well written movie of the lives of Serena and Venus Williams, some parts were funny and some parts tear jerkers. It's a clean family movie, small incident of physical trouble which didn't last long but definitely suitable for family viewing, and it was a great touch have the real footage at the end.
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BJBReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 April 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
I love it when a plan comes together...
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This is a really good movie and Will Smith deserved his Oscar (for his forehand alone!) but I would like to have known more about what made Richard Williams the force of nature that he obviously is. Subsequently I bought his book (Black and White: The Way I See It) which filled in all those gaps and which could have enriched this movie enormously. For instance, his quest to learn to play tennis so that he could coach two daughters he didn't yet have! Instead it concentrates on his family and Serena and Venus from about the age of 12. The acting is great, the tennis is superbly done, and the whole thing is inspiring and remarkable. Rarely has a plan been so ambitious, or come together so perfectly.
GraciamReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 March 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good Movie
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I enjoyed this movie and the acting is superb. Well deserved nomination for Will Smith but I really loved Jon Bernthal in it. It is wonderful to see the layers and motivation behind a father that although demanding and controlling, does have a cunning plan and tons of self belief to get his family moving upwards without limitations and overcome social and racial hurdles. Very interesting character and insight into the actual making of these two magnificent female tennis players.
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Derek MarshallReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
If you like tennis this a great film and even if you don't it's well worth watching
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Entertaining, interesting and a great story. Will Smith makes a convincing Richard Williams and the two girls playing a young Venus and a young Serena are very credible. There's a lot of tennis in the film but far better than, say, the film 'Wimbledon' from a few years back.The film would stand alone without the tennis as just a story about a black couple who just wanted the best for their five daughters. Definitely worth a 5 star rating.
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R.A.SIMMONSReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 March 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
It was ok but lm pleased I didn’t go to the cinema to view it .
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Like all sports films it hard to get the realistic action so it’s all short sharp clips normally but this was not as annoying the girl playing Venus looked good it’s hard to replicate. The American coaches got on my nerves . Will Smith did well as he normally does . Summary ok watch at home I would have been waiting for it to finish in the Cinema .
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