King Richard (2021) | Movie Thoughts

2021 | PG-13

King Richard is the story of a remarkable man with talented daughters. It is a story about the power of determination and hard work. It is a story of one family’s living out of the American Dream. The story of two sisters who were born to dedicated parents. Sisters who would become household names in a way rivaled by only a select few. King Richard is the inspiring story of Venus and Serna Williams’ early life and the profound influence that their father had on them. 

Will Smith is technically the star of this film, after all King Richard is technically about Robert Williams, but the young women who play Venus and Serena were truly amazing. In all honesty, Will Smith was my least favorite part of this movie. Although I admire his character’s incredible determination, his plans and the way that he achieved what he set out to achieve, I found him rather irritating. Maybe that is intentional though, maybe you are supposed to find his abrupt decisions and constant need for control irritating. Maybe the two feelings are supposed to co-exist, irritation and admiration side by side. 

Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton play Venus and Serena Williams in King Richard. They are both talented young women and I absolutely loved both of them; they were joyful and inspiring while fully maintaining their humanity. I honestly can’t wait to see what they do next, and they were the reason I truly enjoyed this film. My only complaint is the fact that for the first part of the movie, Venus and Serena were supposed to be ten and nine years old. When I discovered this I was surprised because in no way did they seem that young. It felt like a bit of an oversight from the writers, because the girls didn’t seem to change much between nine/ten and thirteen/fourteen. 

The cinematography was warm in tone, gently supportive of the story. King Richard is a long film, coming to a close at two hours and twenty-four minutes. Although the length didn’t bother me in the end, it was rather odd to think we were reaching a climatic end when in reality we were half way through the film. 

Learning more about Venus and Serna Williams’ story makes their accomplishments seem even more impressive and I found their dedication to tennis fascinating. Thinking about what drives athletes who devote their lives to a game is truly interesting. Although I doubt I will re-visit King Richard, I am glad to have seen it and I heartily recommend it.


Have you seen King Richard? If so, what did you think? If not, is it on your watchlist?

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