Flash Movie Review: The Battle of the Sexes

YOU HAVE NO IDEA how good it feels to be writing this review. I apologize for being away so long but I experienced something that has never happened to me before. For the 1st time in my adult life I found myself being admitted into the hospital. After being home a few days with these weird non-painful symptoms such as zero energy, my daily banana now tasting like rotten flesh; I drove to one of those clinics inside a retail establishment. I think people refer to them as “doc in the box.” They could not have been nicer and immediately called the ER to let them know I was on my way. Once there I walked through the front door, gave my name at registration and I was ushered immediately into a room. The next hours became a blur as I was hooked up to IV solutions, getting a chest X-ray and some other stuff; at that point all my defenses were down and I did not care. However, they did offer me the opportunity to watch movies on the monitor hanging up in the corner of the room. I wondered how they knew I love films.      MY TIME IN THE HOSPITAL was an experience I will never forget. The bed with all the whistles and lights, though sleek and obvious hi-tech, had to have been based on torture racks from medieval times. The mattress on its own would move in spots, so at first I thought I must have been hungover because it made it feel like the room was spinning at times. Through the ups and downs during my days there the one thing that stood out way above everything else was this group of strangers involved with me. I felt I must have woken up from a dream because there were females, males, people from different religious backgrounds, from different countries, old and young, different races, different sexual identity; it was the most utopian place I had ever seen. These people were working side by side; the only drama in the room ironically was me. During those times where my temperature would spike up in a matter of minutes, there were women and men on either side of me placing heated blankets and heat packs around my body. Even one particular nurse I scared after she tried to draw blood from my hand twice at 1 in the morning, looked at me and said she was scared to touch me. I told her she should be; she still came back the next day to see how I was doing. I am telling you it was such an incredible sight, these people who were focused on me but were not just doing their job; they were listening and hearing each other and me. Why couldn’t the real world outside be like this; each of these individuals set a prime example of what it means to be human. I will never forget them and tell the stories they shared with me; I will honor them by trying to be a better human being and I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart. There was no battle between the sexes, everyone was equal and all were just doing the right thing in the true sense of what it means to be human. Sadly this is not the case yet in many places in the world currently and it sure did not take place back in the 1970s where this famous event between one man and one woman took place.      THIS FILM FESTIVAL nominated biographical comedy based on a true event succeeded with 2 special actors: Emma Stone (La La Land, Magic in the Moonlight) and Steve Carell (The Big Short, Foxcatcher) as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. They were outstanding with the look and mannerisms of the actual celebrities. Steve was truly Bobby, it was mind-blowing. Also cast in this sports film was Andrea Riseborough (Nocturnal Animals, Happy-Go-Lucky) as Marilyn Barnett, Sarah Silverman (The Book of Henry, I Smile Back) as Gladys Heldman and Bill Pullman (The Equalizer, While you Were Sleeping) as Jack Kramer. It is hard to believe that it was only 40 years ago, but there was this wedge between the sexes. As I just wrote that I realize we are living it now with that football quarterback’s comments to the female reporter’s question. Though the acting was this picture’s biggest strength, the script was not strong enough for such a big event. It was obvious Billie Jean and Bobby were the main topic but the way the script was written did not give enough to the rest of the cast to keep up. I wanted more consistent levels of intensity; some scenes were brilliant, but others were drab. It did not make this movie go bad, it just dulled the shine it deserved. On the one hand it seems ludicrous that this event needed to take place; but on the other hand, the event caused an important shift to take place in the way people thought about females and males. I certainly wish no harm to anyone but I wish you could experience the staff I had the honor to be part of in a perilous situation and trust me, there is no such thing as one man being better than one female or 1 woman being better than 1 male.

 

3 stars

 

 

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About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on October 6, 2017, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.

  1. Wow! Glad you’re okay!

  2. I’m glad you are back and out of the hospital. The beds were designed by sadists, I’m perfectly sure! Other than that, I too experienced wonderful care two years ago. However, I’m not keen on repeating it. Recovering well, I hope!💐

  3. I’m glad you are okay! Did they say what was wrong with you or why you were so sick?

    • I am on the mend. It was such a freaky thing because my symptoms did not match the norm. My illness was brought on by E Coli which I still have a hard time wrapping my brain around. Thank you for reaching out; I appreciate it.

  4. Glad to see you are back. I hope you are in good health. I don’t like or comment on your posts as often as I should, but they are definitely a staple in my inbox that I like and look forward to. I hope you can get back to your normal movie schedule that you enjoy!

  5. Wow, that sounds like a very scary experience. Glad you are doing okay now and back out of the hospital. Take care 😊

  6. Thank you so much for sharing so much personal information and I am genuinely concerned for you. Glad to hear you’re back writing a review. That’s a good sign to me!
    Ironically, I just came home from watching that movie. I think your review was spot on – the movie had good moments, but did seem overly long at times. I enjoyed the acting and that was a strength. The actors really embodied their characters.
    Anyway, feel better and I’ve missed you!

  7. I hope you are well and on the mend.

  8. I am sorry to hear you were so sick, and glad you are feeling better.

  9. Wonderful post, Mr. Joltz! I hope you’re feeling much better now.

    I found the same thing held true when I received monthly infusions at a health center. The staff made me feel like I was a VIP, and it helped me heal. Maybe when we’re that sick, that’s the only time we’re really taken care of by others. Most of the time we fend for ourselves and are busy taking care of everyone else. I wrote about my health care experience on my blog a while back, if you’d indulge me to share a link:

    https://praypower4today.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/moving-along-in-mysterious-ways/

    Sending healing prayers your way! Missed your excellent reviews. Take care, Ruth

  10. Jordan…..what happened? We may see the movie. Glad you’re communicating. All best, Ira Z.

  11. How scary for you! I love your desription of the wonderful people who took care of you. Your gratitude shines bright. May you be well 💛

  12. So glad you are OK now. And even though I don’t always leave a comment, I treasure your reviews!

  13. I remember watching the highlights of it. I thought she was the bravest woman on Earth. I’m happy to see that a movie was made about it for another generation to see what happened.

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