As Richard Williams, Will Smith speaks Lou-vi-ana, emphasising “Let’s Go To The Weekend”. When he talks about “the business of raising champions”. He picks up his five daughters on a VW bus. And took them to the nearest tennis court in their neighbourhood of Compton.
Where they swept up debris, hung handmade motivational posters. And put tennis balls in old shopping baskets. All this so that Venus (Sania Sydney) and Serena (Demi Singleton) can further fine-tune their swings, passes and stances. With their three sisters serving as a network of applause and support.
When a local member of a brutal gang bullies one of the girls:
Richard confronted him, knowing full well that he would be beaten – and that said a lot about this man. More than that, he says he coaches his girls all day and works as a graveyard keeper all night.
At the desk with a gun to his thigh and a stack of tennis magazines to read. His wife Brandi (Oanju Ellis) shakes her head and questions her ability to keep up.
We quickly assumed that Richard had everything against him. A black man trying to climb the towering wall around a sport run by a wealthy white restaurant. But he’s stubborn, persistent, determined, and many other adjectives, although “disturbing” isn’t one of them.
He created his brochures and promo videos and presented himself. As a complete lunatic, despite being very smart, a total lunatic.
That careful balance causes him, Venus, and Serena to hit the road when Pete hits Sampras’ ball. With John McEnroe and then immediately sets up Sampras coach Paul Cohen (Tony Goldwyn) as Venus’ pro bono mentor.
But what about Serena? Paul only had room for one more, so Richard recorded Venus practice so Brandi could teach Serena the same thing. Like I said, crack.
Apart from open positions, Paul insisted on closed positions, but Richard insisted on open positions, and that was it. It will soon become a recurring theme in this film. That Richard does not lose such an argument even though he does. Anyone and everyone. But not everyone is a constitutional expert like Richard.
Well, most of the time. This wasn’t hagiography, and Richard was as wrong as anyone.
But the intention is clear. While Venus hit a 63-0 record in her teens. That’s wins and losses and something that’s not just Hollywood if you doubt it. While Serena stood still in line, Richard wasn’t about to let it all turn upside down from someone.
After claiming another trophy, Venus interprets the girls’ party atmosphere as pride and lets them watch Cinderella when they return, hoping to learn about humility.
Soon after, Richard’s coach gives in to Sampras – yes, it was all part of Richard’s plan – strikes a deal with Rick Mackie (John Bernthal), Geraldo’s moustache coach and tennis factory champion in Florida.
Somehow Richard got a coaching job, and the whole family moved to Orlando and a car dealership with Rick’s money to take him there.
Next, Venus pushes Jennifer Capriati back and forth with her current number 1 toy, and Richard tells Rick that Venus is done with the teens and will only train at the facility, so she can still be a kid and focus on being anything.
Like at school. As a result, Rick blushes with bits, but Richard steps in and takes the wheel because now he’s driving in Rick’s favourite golf cart. Richard will go against principles and go his own way and all these stereotypes, and since we all know how this works, it’s safe to say this is the way.
Do you think you are a goalkeeper?
Richard Williams shows who the goalkeeper is. King Richard’s main conclusions: Richard’s philosophy of fun logically leads to his insistence on maintaining his extremely fragile daughters. He had seen young women fry gruelling teenage chains, and he knew that there had to be a better way.
No matter how many times he’s a stubborn, controversial and selfish complex character and a little moody and sometimes completely wrong, he gets one essential thing right – he’s, firstly, a parent and, secondly, a coach.
After all, it’s a movie stepping stone for inspiration, not the usual ah-ra-ra big game no-breath-sports-announcer-narrative-tension-and-release hard-food. There had to be a better way to tell the story of an outsider’s sport, and Green and Bailin almost found it.