Richard Williams (Will Smith) has a PLAN. His plan is very detailed and all-encompassing. His plan features his two daughters Venus (Saniyya Sidney) and Serena (Demi Singleton). You better get with his plan.
King Richard Review
I know a lot of people, Movie Myla included, believe that Venus and Serena Williams are goddesses that were set upon this Earth by some magical force to give us two athletes that show a never-ending supply of strength, grace, determination, and coolness. Oddly enough, this isn’t what happened at all. Turns out that Venus and Serena were raised by two very determined parents- Richard, and his wife Brandi (Aunjanue Eillis) who were willing to do everything in their power to help their daughters succeed. The two sisters also were wrapped in the loving embrace of their half-sisters, Isha Price (Daniele Lawson), Tunde Price (Mikayla Lashae Bartholomew), and Lyndrea Price (Layla Crawford). When you have a great family unit, you can accomplish anything.
Well, a great family AND all the talent in the whole world.
The new movie King Richard shows us the start of the Williams sisters’ careers.
We watch as they learn the game in Compton, get new heavyweight coaches (Tony Goldwyn and Jon Bernthal), hit the Juniors circuit, and eventually Venus’s first pro match. Serena is still very much on the outside looking in at this point. They could make sequel after sequel after sequel. . ..
Reinaldo Marcus Green directed this movie from a screenplay by Zach Baylin.
King Richard is produced by the Williams sisters and one of the Price sisters (as well as others), so it may be softened just a bit to make everyone look their best. That’s okay. It works well in this context. The context is a lovely, wholesome, family movie that you can take the whole group to over Thanksgiving. It is a powerful movie that hits on all cylinders: strong family message, fun sports movie, lots of lessons to be learned, all the girl power in the world, and it’s just straight-up enjoyable. Plus, Oscar may come a ‘knocking for Mr. Smith. What’s not to LOVE* about that?
* That is the beginning and end of Movie Myla’s tennis knowledge. I hope you enjoyed it.
In Theaters on November 19 and available on HBO Max! Only available on the Ad-Free plan, streaming in the US only for 31 days from its theatrical release.