We made a special effort to get to this movie, in part because we both love Emma Stone and Steve Carell. It's rare that I see something with those two that I don't love, and this movie was no exception; it was thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end. I found myself once again impressed at Carell's ability to morph into his character, and Stone brought a depth of emotion to her portrayal of Billie Jean King that really drew me in.
I didn't know the story of this movie...but I knew the story of this movie. While I fully expected the ending, it almost made the build up to it that much more sweet Along the way we get a long view into King's personal life, her struggles on and off the court as she deals with challenges with the tennis establishment, with her teammates, and with her love life.
On the surface a story about tennis doesn't seem like something I would normally be interested in, but the particulars of this story, and more importantly the way the actors brought it to life made it worth the watch. I would highly recommend it to anyone, especially anyone needing a little dose of female empowerment. While we still have a ways to go, this movie helps remind us of just how far we have come.