King Richard: Will Smith sublime performance

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King Richard: Will Smith sublime performance

Already a Golden Globe winner, Will Smith, star of the movie King Richard, performed a very high level performance, and it would not surprise anyone if he were to also win the Academy Award for Best Actor.

The movie: the details

The project was announced in March 2019, with Will Smith starring in the role of Richard Williams, and Zach Baylin as screenwriter: in the same period, Warner Bros.

wins the rights to the film.In June of the same year, Reinaldo Marcus Green is chosen to direct. Filming for the film began in January 2020 in Los Angeles. The film's budget was $ 35.6 million, but thanks to the California Film Commission tax credit, $ 7.5 million returned to production, bringing the final budget to $ 28.1 million.

Beyoncé recorded the song Be Alive for the credits. The film, initially set for November 25, 2020, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic: it was presented at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2021 and released in US cinemas starting November 19 2021 and simultaneously on HBO Max.

The storyline said as determined father and coach Richard Williams inspires his two daughters, Venus and Serena, to become the best tennis players in the world.

The comment

The best part of the film is the cast: ensemble and closely starred, with Will Smith in great shape.

The actor has fully gathered all the determination and contradictions that a character like Richard Williams played in the life of Serena and Venus. The inclusiveness, the desire to gain an important space in sporting history, all the sacrifices and dualities: a man who preached humility but who was humble could not be, ready to do anything for his daughters to succeed, an unconditional love for his family, with completely unconventional methods.

Online reviews

On Rotten Tomatoes, the 90% of 256 reviews of the movie are positive, with an average rating of 7.6 / 10. The website's said: "King Richard transcends sport biopic formulas with refreshingly nuanced storytelling and a towering performance from Will Smith in the title role."

On Metacritic, the movie has a score of 76 out of 100, based on 53 critics, indicating generally favorable reviews " CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of A on an A + to F scale, while those at PostTrak gave it a 94% positive score.