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King Richard (2021)
Venus, Serena and a plan for greatness.
Filmmaker(s): Reinaldo Marcus Green

The story of how Richard Williams served as a coach to his daughters Venus and Serena, who will soon become two of the most legendary tennis players in history.

King Richard (2021)

The Cosby Curse

One of the effects of a rich society is the luxury of spending time watching sports, engaging with the intricacies of statistical pockets, and the supposed drama of its celebrities.

Only film and its media feeders can similarly create such icons, so it is natural that the two overlap, with TeeVee as the bridge. Why do we celebrate these folks? Of the thousands of candidates that have decided to invest their lives in one game, a few are lucky enough to be born with something extra. Let no one believe that the person who wants it the most wins, nor the person that works the hardest.

In most sports, what you do is play in order to win a role as a walking billboard for a company, or many companies. You cannot really win because the advertising game is based on lies and false narratives. You lose your soul when you win. These poor women suffer, regardless of whether they know.

Will Smith’s character understands this. We really do not know much about the real life guy, but he seems to have been a wholly unpleasant, selfish, haunted man. That some success in sport by the girls resulted shouldn’t justify any respect of him whatever. But generally we do allow this, because we all benefitted from having African-Americans in the sport.

That story might have been better had they not been best. We’ll never get the Brittany Spears like story about the Aaron Presley like personality from the girls. It is in no one’s interest to unroll this.

Will Smith seems obsessed with these roles: buying the properties and producing these as vehicles for himself. It is easier for me to see what is going on with the stockbroker movie.

The job he wanted is among the smarmiest on the planet: taking money from rich folks and passing it to analysts to invest. Because these guys do ‘the capture’. They get rewarded well. This could be seen as playing the system. Why shouldn’t an untalented but driven black man find one of these privileged sales spots? I’m happy enough that it happened. But the question is why would Will Smith think this is the brand he wants to build?

Is it because one of the new stereotypes for a black man today is someone who even violently leads and protects his family?

Posted in 2022

Ted’s Evaluation — 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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