Gym buffs and gym rats are getting a touch of pink. Most ladies may get in the gym to keep their summer body all year round. But next to them are the ladies that out to get gains and to build their stamina to kick some ass in their respective games.
As the women’s rights movement reaches their pique with the millenials, the playing field for women widens. May it be wrestling, badminton, or chess; women are levelling the playing field in every division and MOVIE MONDAYS is here for it.
Here are some new female centric sports films that keep The League of Our Own replays in your Netflix a rest! — by Rogin Warhol
This is Margot Robbie’s upcoming film that proved her acting range is more than just your convenient Harley Quinn Halloween costume. The Playlist calls this film “the Goodfellas” of figure skating films. This is the true story of Tonya Harding, America’s former figure skating champion in ’91, who fell from Uncle Sam’s favor when she attacked her fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan.
With a touch of dark comedic elements and great cast ensemble; I, Tonya is the must-watch movie that will turn the sports film genre on its head.
The true to life wrestling film that gave Bollywood the feminist shaking of the lifetime. Aamir Khan (3 Idiots) produced Mahavir Singh Phogat’s life into the big screen. Partnering with Disney, this tells the tale of Phogat who sees the potential of his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari to be world-class wrestlers after they went home to him one day with the news that they beat up the bullies that were harrassing them.
It’s empowering and incredibly bad-ass with a lot of heart. A Disney film in its core indeed!
Battle of the Sexes
Based on the true match that changed the status of women in tennis forever. Emma Stone plays the role of Billie Jean King, the world renowned tennis player and women’s rights activist, taking on Bobby Riggs’ (Steve Carell) challenge to prove women had no place in the playing field. Comedic, dramatic, and important. The film has a gravity of historical importance but avoids the cheesy and flowery tendencies of empowering biopics.
Battle of the Sexes highlights the on set revolution that King did, not only for women in her sport, but for women everywhere. And they did it with a few chuckles on the way.
Queen of Katwe
Another empowering female sports biopic aimed for little girls with big dreams. The trailer begs the question: “Can you do big things from such a small place?” This is more than just a chess film, it’s about becoming something bigger than yourself. 10-year-old Phiona, played by Madina Nalwanga, came from selling corn in the streets and then having her life drastically changed from playing chess.
“In chess, the small one can become the big one.” the little girl in the film explained to Phiona. That encapsulates the film’s essence in one line. Empowering all the way and a bit heavy. Nevertheless, it doesn’t the lose the light that every Disney film has.