After Ali, Will Smith takes on the role of another iconic sports figure, but will it be a case of of aces all around - or an unforced error?
I thought this movie was gonna be a little bit corny, with dire attempts to induce tears, I also thought that the personality of Will Smith would be too strong and push through his depiction of Richard Williams, but I was wrong on all accounts. The story is told in a concise, matter-of-fact way and thankfully, there is no over-emphasis on concentrating on the barriers and 'isms' that the sisters and family faced. Yes it's part of the story but it's not the whole story and the filmmakers respect the audience enough to know that we understand the world in which they (we) live in.
The cast is totally on point and I mean everyone, but I have to give a special big-up to Aunjanue Ellis who knows how to dial a performance up or down to a T. Oh, and because their story is so vast, they film only focuses on the era where the kids are being introduced and trained by other coaches (with Richard still monitoring) and then entering their first competitions. This however still has the film clocking in at 2hrs 18mins, but you won't be bored.
TDD, RC & IK talk: