King Richard. 2021. USA. Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green. Screenplay by Zach Baylin. With Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton. 138 min.
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American sports films frequently mythologize athletes, but rarely are those athletes a pair of Black girls. In King Richard, we are introduced to young Venus and Serena Williams and their idiosyncratic father and coach, Richard. Will Smith and Aunjanue Ellis (in a powerful, scene-stealing role as Venus and Serena’s mother) lead an outstanding ensemble cast, as we follow the rise of the Williams sisters from practicing at a Compton park to their first brushes with professional success. Director Reinaldo Marcus Greene (Monsters and Men) catapults what could be a classic biopic into the stratosphere, crafting a celebration of resilience and a family’s ability to blaze their own path. Courtesy of Warner Bros.