Will Smith’s performance is full of charisma and humour and yet also still captures an enigmatic, and unresolved, shadowy side to Richard’s determination. Meanwhile, both Saniyya Sidney, playing Venus Williams, and Demi Singleton, as Serena Williams, bring an infectiously joyous and light charm to the prodigal tennis champions.
Before they were born, Richard had allegedly written out a 78-page plan for guiding his future children international tennis achievements.
Recieving universal audience acclaim at its recent screening at London Film Festival, this inspiring real-life underdog story explores the uniquely driven relationship between parental aspiration and coaching ambition, showcasing how the family took pride in humble beginnings – beautifully encapsulated when Richard triumphantly yells ‘Straight Outta Compton’ (referencing the N.W.A. song) after Venus’ victory at Wimbledon in 2000.
A surefire crowdpleaser, King Richard is a story of how sporting achievements have played a role in confronting and transcending the barriers erected by racism, forging landmark moments of change and representation in our recent history.