King Richard

2021

Biography / Drama / Sport

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 93%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 1043

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Synopsis


Uploaded By: FREEMAN
November 19, 2021 at 05:08 PM

Cast

Will Smith as Richard Williams
Brad Greenquist as Bud Collins
Katie McCabe as Country Club Woman
720p.WEB
1.3 GB
1280*534
English 2.0
PG-13
23.976 fps
2 hr 24 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by CinemaSerf 6 / 10

The ultimate pushy parent...

This is one of these stories of dedication and inspiration that ought to have made for compelling viewing. Sadly, though, it doesn't. Will Smith is the eponymous character, the father of the now legendary Serena and Venus Williams, and the narrative depicts his vision and determination to ensure that his daughters grasp every opportunity - willingly or less so - on their journey to undoubted tennis greatness. Sadly, though, I just found it all too focussed on an unremarkable performance from Smith. Though he does come across as a tightly focussed man, he also comes across and a rather unpleasant, thoughtless individual for whom, after a while, I began to feel a growing dislike. The somewhat arbitrary way in which he treats not just his family, but those around trying to help (and, admittedly, to capitalise on the impending gravy train) is all just bit too improbable. Had I been Rick Macci (John Bernthal) or Paul Cohen (Tony Goldwyn) I would have told him where to get off long before it became apparent that these two girls actually did have the ability to make it big. The acting efforts from the two young women are engaging, as is that from their mother Aunjanue Ellis but they are all too often subsumed in the domineering shadow of Smith. At 2¼ hours, it is also far too long. There are too many scenes that detract from the pace, offering us an increasingly annoying, meandering, lack of impetus and I could have done with far more input from the real "stars" of the movie to illustrate just how determined and accomplished they were (as opposed to their father). I know the film is about Richard Williams, but I found that whole emphasis just a bit skewed. There are far more interesting and nuanced characters in this story of these ladies that ought to have featured more prominently, rather than simply a chest-banging exercise for him!

Reviewed by ferguson-6 7 / 10

The Plan

Greetings again from the darkness. Sports parents. Band parents. Dance parents. Cheerleader parents. Drama parents. We all know THOSE parents ... and many of us, whether we admit it or not, ARE those parents. Director Reinaldo Marcus Green (JOE BELL, 2020) and first time screenwriter Zach Baylin bring us the story of the unconventional, hard-driving, flawed, well-intentioned father of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams.

Will Smith portrays Richard Williams in a showcase role that he capitalizes on. Richard Williams is not a particularly likable man - his hustler mentality is eclipsed only by his stubbornness. But more than anything, Richard Williams was committed to giving Venus and Serena every opportunity to succeed in a tennis world that seemed like a different universe to the Compton neighborhood in which they were raised. Richard and his wife Oracene (an outstanding Aunjanue Ellis, THE HELP) coached the young girls themselves in public parks via instructional articles in Tennis magazines. Both parents balanced their jobs with this coaching, and Richard spent a significant amount of time "marketing" the girls to professional coaches, most who had no interest in taking on pupils who couldn't pay.

Venus (Saniyya Sidney) and younger sister Serena (Demi Singleton) trust whole-heartedly in "The Plan" their father has in place. It's a plan designed to place million dollar checks in their hands, and lead them to the top of the tennis world. Their first break comes in the form of John McEnroe coach Paul Cohen (Tony Goldwyn), who agrees to coach Venus. The real fun begins when Richard cuts a deal with super coach/trainer Rick Macci (a terrific Jon Bernthal) to take on both girls and cover the families living arrangements in Florida.

What makes this film work is that so many of us can relate to just how difficult it is to be a parent, and never settle for less when it comes to the kids. Now, Richard Williams is an extreme example - and his enormously successful daughters have dealt his approach a hand of credibility. Richard and Oracene are presented as very protective of their daughters, but also obsessed with helping them excel at school, tennis, and life. Given that there are three other daughters living in the house, it's surprising that we don't get more details on the reactions from those girls to the favorable treatment of Venus and Serena. The family is presented as being very tight-knit and loving, but it's difficult to swallow that jealousy didn't rise up periodically.

This truly is the story of how Richard Williams remained focused on getting his daughters to the top, so don't expect the tennis history of Venus and Serena. The young actors playing them are excellent, but this takes us through the foundation of their careers while overcoming adversity, not the professional highlights. Oscar winning cinematographer Robert Elswit (THERE WILL BE BLOOD) makes the tennis look legitimate, while also bringing us the family intimacy. In fact, the scene in the kitchen is one of the more intense and well-acted scenes we will see this year, and the camera work amplifies the tension. On the lighter side, we get Will Smith singing Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler", and the closing credits show actual clips of Richard, Venus and Serena, as well as a rundown of their impressive achievements. Director Green has delivered a crowd-pleaser with some poignancy and a few well-placed messages. It wouldn't surprise to see a few award nominations attached to this one.

Opens in theaters and streams on HBO Max beginning November 19, 2021.

Reviewed by rannynm 10 / 10

A heart-warming bio-drama film about family and perseverance

King Richard is a heart-warming bio-drama film about family and perseverance that will inspire the world! Director Reinaldo Marcus Green and Writer Zach Baylin deliver a great film about achieving the impossible when you don't give up. It's based on the true story about tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams and how they rose to fame and the role their father played. Tennis fans are sure to love this, but anyone that loves inspirational films will appreciate it.

King Richard follows the journey of Richard Williams (Will Smith), the father and coach of famed tennis players Serena Williams (Demi Singleton) and Venus Williams (Saniyya Sydney). It shows how, even without having a background in the sport, poor equipment, outdated tennis courts, and limited financial resources, he was able to guide his daughters' careers and turn them into some of the best athletes in the history of tennis. Williams was an undeterred, driven father with a clear vision and plan to turn his girls into talented superstars using his own unusual methods.

The main characters are Richard Williams, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Demi Singleton, Oracene 'Brandy' Williams (Aunjanue Ellis), Paul Cohen (Tony Goldwyn) and Rick Macci (Jon Bernthal). While this film is two hours long, you can't tell due to the amazing writing and the hilarious comedic delivery of two-time Oscar winner, Will Smith. You will experience many emotions while watching this film - pride, inspiration, sadness and happiness. My favorite part was watching the family support each other by making the best decisions for the overall family, whether it was getting mentors for Venus and Serena or just figuring out how to survive and strive in everyday life. The music is amazing and Beyonce's feature song "Be Alive" really sums up the journey the girls went through on their rise to the top.

The message throughout King Richard is to never give up and believe in yourself and your family, no matter your circumstances or background. The Williams' sisters came from a rough neighborhood and their family didn't have the money and resources needed to properly train them, but did not let that stop them from working hard and eventually dominating the world of tennis. Their father, Richard Williams, had a dream and a plan and he stuck to it. He also taught his family to dream big, despite any obstacles. Parents should be aware that there is mild violence.

I rate King Richard 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids ages 8 to 18, plus adults. King Richard serves up in theaters November 19, 2021 and on HBO Max for 30 days after the theatrical release. By Tiana S., KIDS FIRST!

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