Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Fun trailer for 'Battle of the Sexes' pits Emma Stone against Steve Carell

We may be in the thick of the summer movie bonanza at the moment, but don't worry, it won't be long before Hollywood begins to trot out its crop of Oscar contenders for the 2017-2018 awards season. No matter what happens in the coming battle for Oscar glory, it'll be tough to top this year, an incredibly close race that culminated in Damien Chazelle's La La Land being wrongly announced as the Best Picture winner before Barry Jenkins and the Moonlight team ultimately took the stage. Emma Stone was at the center of the Oscar madness, taking home the Best Actress Oscar for Chazelle's musical masterwork and finding her winning envelope in Warren Beatty's hands after the PwC misstep. While Stone is likely hoping for a less tumultuous end to the Oscar season this year, she'll be back in the thick of the race with Battle of the Sexes, a 70s-set drama that chronicles the famous tennis match between Stone's Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, played by Steve Carell. Fox Searchlight has the film set for a September release date, which means a TIFF/Telluride premiere is likely in the cards. Earlier today, the first trailer for the film was revealed- check it out below!


I feel like I've been hearing about Battle of the Sexes for ages, and I can't say that I ever managed to get all that excited about the concept. I like both Stone and Carell, but on the surface, this seems like a bland re-telling of a pop culture event that doesn't require much deeper analysis or thought. With that in mind, I was thoroughly surprised by how much I enjoyed this trailer, which makes the film look like a blast of retro fun. I was far too young to get caught up in the Little Miss Sunshine craze back in 2006, but it looks like Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris have created a film that will be impeccably crafted and incredibly entertaining. The cinematography from La La Land Oscar winner Linus Sandgren is immediately noticeable, and it looks like Stone and Carell are both set to deliver terrific performances. Fox Searchlight is definitely setting this up for Oscar glory, but as much as I liked this trailer, I'm not sure if that's a gamble that will pay off. However, if Battle of the Sexes takes off, Fox Searchlight could be in for a strong awards season. I wasn't sold before, but this trailer did its job- I'm intrigued to see how this one turns out.

Battle of the Sexes will open on September 22.


Image courtesy of Fox Searchlight

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