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.
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