By Blake Kavan
Behind many talented and talented people is their education. Whether they were fully supported by their parents or motivated so widely that success was the only option, their childhoods often tell the story of the accomplishments they made in life. It is the basis of the movie “King Richard”, based on the childhood of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams and their father, Richard.
Richard Williams (Will Smith) has been looked down upon his entire life, but that doesn’t stop him from being a devoted father and husband. Married to Oracene Williams (Aunjanue Ellis), the couple raised five daughters in poverty in Compton, Calif., In the early 1990s.
For Venus and Serena (Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton), however, Richard has other plans. Instead of being doctors or lawyers, Richard thinks they are going to become the best tennis players the world has ever seen.
Richard catches the eye of top trainer Paul Cohen (Tony Goldwyn), who coaches and coaches some of the best tennis players in the world. Cohen agrees to train only one of the girls for free. Because Venus is the oldest and most skilled player, he chooses to coach Venus.
Serena is devastated, but delighted for her sister. The family’s financial woes also turn around when Venus begins to play and dominate junior tournaments. Just when things couldn’t seem to be getting any better, Richard puts an end to it all. Worried about the success that is rising to the head of Venus, the pressure and leech from businessmen and sponsors who lie in wait for the talented young tennis star, Richard fires Cohen and withdraws his daughter from the juniors.
As Venus continues to improve and the money, sponsorships and contracts keep piling up like a bucket of tennis balls, it is evident that there is only one thing in the way. of Venus: her father. Richard brought his daughter here, but at some point he will have to make a decision on what’s best for his daughter and what’s best for Richard Williams.
Venus and Serena Williams are the few transcendent talents in which you don’t need to know anything about their respective sport to know exactly who they are. They fall into the category of Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth, etc., and it’s fascinating to see how the film illustrates their lives before they hit magazine covers and dominated at Wimbledon.
The real “King Richard” star, however, belongs to Will Smith. Richard de Smith is joking daddy one minute, and the next minute, posing as a ruthless dictator robbing his daughters of a normal childhood. That range and Smith’s conviction and emotion in every word he says is why he can hoist Oscar gold in a few months in what is the best career for the gifted actor.
Certainly, the “King Richard” likes to ask this famous rhetorical question: what is the limit to push your children towards greatness? For the purposes of the film, Richard turns out to be as crazy as he is brilliant, as evidenced by the tennis legends we know today between the sisters.
When it comes to sports drama, “King Richard” is about as good as it gets. It’s worth watching alone for the ace of a performance from Smith, but you’ll remain entertained throughout the movie for love both on and off the tennis court.