‘King Richard’ Teaches Me Tennis

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King Richard (CREDIT: Warner Bros. Pictures/Screenshot)

Starring: Will Smith, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Aunjanue Ellis, Tony Goldwyn, Jon Bernthal

Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green

Running Time: 145 Minutes

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: November 19, 2021 (Theaters and HBO Max)

At the beginning of the 2021 film King Richard, Richard Williams (not the actual Richard Williams, but the version of him played by Will Smith) is listening in his car about how the proper way to hit a tennis serve involves making a high-five gesture while striking the ball. This prompted me to immediately move my butt and try that technique out while sitting in the theater. I love watching tennis, and I’ve been meaning to get around to playing the game myself. (I guess I’m just looking for the right doubles partner.)

So anyway, that bit of “practice” immediately had me hyped, and that excitement lasted for the entire two hour-plus runtime. I probably would’ve been excited anyway, as sports biopics tend to inspire that reaction. But it was pretty essential that it happened right away, so that Richard’s stubbornness didn’t wear me down. In conclusion, I really loved ALL the instructional moments of this movie.

Grade: 4 Open Stances out of 1 Closed Stance

Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 11/19/21

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The Beatles: Get Back (CREDIT: Disney+)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (Theaters)
C’Mon C’Mon (Theaters)
King Richard (Theaters and HBO Max) – Tennis, anyone?

Cowboy Bebop Season 1 (November 19 on Netflix) – Might watch this just for the corgi.
The Great Season 2 (November 19 on Hulu)
Solar Opposites Holiday Episode (November 22 on Hulu)
Hawkeye Series Premiere (November 24 on Disney+)
Saved by the Bell Season 2 (November 24 on Peacock) – One of the best new shows of 2020 returns for 2021.
The Beatles: Get Back (November 25-27 on Disney+) – Documentary series directed by Peter Jackson.
-National Dog Show (November 25 on NBC)
South Park: Post Covid (November 25 on Paramount+) – First of 14 South Park films for Paramount+.

-Adele, 30 – It’s Adele again.
-The Darkness, Motorheart
-Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raise the Roof
-Sting, The Bridge

Music on TV
-2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (November 20 on HBO)