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Will Smith wowed me in ‘King Richard’

He gave such a beautiful, real performance as Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena Williams. I typically am not a fan, but he escaped himself in this one, for the first time ever, and nailed his performance. Watch the film and then watch interviews with Richard, he nailed it.

His performance isn’t the only great one in this, however. Aunjanue Ellis gives a wonderful performance as Oracene Williams, the mother. She was tremendous throughout, and gives an amazing Supporting Performance.

The ending, which beautifully recreated the the famous Oakland’s Bank of the West Classic tournament against Arantxa Sanchez Vicario where Williams lost after having a massive lead, moved me to tears. After the match Williams is consoled by her parents, and then while leaving is met with a huge crowd of fans cheering for the underdog.

The film is resilient, and shows a rare depiction of a Black Father who pushes his children for greatness and is very involved in their lives and is willing to do anything to help them succeed and not be stereotypes. I also love that the film focuses on Venus, as she is the sister who paved the way, Serena followed. Venus is constantly overlooked for her sister, who is considered much greater (and is paid much more).

It is on HBOMax, give it a watch.

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by Anonymousreply 10December 2, 2021 8:53 PM


by Anonymousreply 1November 26, 2021 10:40 PM


by Anonymousreply 2November 26, 2021 10:41 PM

Will is definitely getting an Oscar nod. It may also get a Best Picture, but I don’t know what else it would be nominated for, although I do want the mother/wife to be nominated. She was terrific.

by Anonymousreply 3November 26, 2021 10:51 PM

Will Smith will get his first Oscar and be on his way to EPCOT. He just needs the Toni.

by Anonymousreply 4November 26, 2021 10:59 PM

I agree it'll get a Best Picture nod, r3

by Anonymousreply 5December 2, 2021 5:03 PM

Will Smith greatly annoyed me in this movie. I loved Tony Goldwyn, Jon Bernthal, and the wonderful actress who played the mother. Those three were the only ones who really “got” the assignment and seemed like fully fleshed-out REAL people.

by Anonymousreply 6December 2, 2021 5:18 PM

I had an equal and opposite reaction to the drek.

by Anonymousreply 7December 2, 2021 5:36 PM

Actually Will nailed the father and even sounded just like him. He even nailed this interview when the father gets upset with the interviewer.

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by Anonymousreply 8December 2, 2021 8:00 PM

[quote] Oracene Williams

How obscene?

Does that word have a meaning in another language?

by Anonymousreply 9December 2, 2021 8:32 PM

The name of this film offends me

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by Anonymousreply 10December 2, 2021 8:53 PM
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