Conservatives complain about liberal Hollywood messages, and they are often right.
Movies and TV shows promote unrestricted immigration (Netflix’s “Living Undocumented”), President TrumpDonald Trump Pennsylvania Republican Party-controlled Senate will spend up to 0K on election inquiry Trump congratulates Rittenhouse on acquittal Memo: Rittenhouse verdict impacts polarized nation MOREso-called sins (Showtime’s “The Comey Rule”) and climate change horror stories (one in three post-apocalyptic stories, like Tom Hanks’ Apple TV + original “Finch”). The final season of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” a previously benign police comedy, became a BLM tract after George Floyd’s death.
However, “King Richard” offers something markedly conservative.
The November release captures the meteoric rise of Venus Williams, the Compton girl who surpassed society’s expectations to change the sport she adored. His younger sister, Serena, did the same shortly after.
The title character, Richard Williams, is brought to life by Oscar nominee Will Smith. The former Fresh Prince establishes the patriarch’s flaws and his unshakable faith in the talents of his daughters.
The rumor behind “King Richard” reminds us of America’s racist past and, more importantly, how Venus and Serena Williams broke boundaries by dominating women’s tennis for more than a decade.
None of that is wrong, and both elements appear proudly in the film.
What is equally clear, but will receive much less attention, is that “King Richard” could be the most deeply conservative film of the year. The story of a man with a plan for his golden daughters unfolds as if Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro had finished the script after reading “Atlas Shrugged.”
Venus and Serena Williams are never victims. His dad won’t allow it. They are strong, proud, and focused on greatness. It is the American dream multiplied by two, and “King Richard” captures it with joy waving flags.
The sisters are at the heart of the film, but it’s the way Richard shaped its success that demands our attention. He would take his daughters to a tennis court near his home, day after day, to practice until they absorbed all the lessons he had to offer.
They played in the rain, in the blazing sun, and they never shied away from the task to do so. He pressed them, hard, but he did it with love and compassion. He made sure his mental strength rivaled his skills on the court.
That combination made them invincible, which tennis fans watched in awe once they officially entered the sport.
The Williams family had every opportunity to shout “racism” and demand preferential treatment in the world of lily-white tennis. Instead, Richard Williams made sure his girls could fend off insults and quiet indignities on the road to tennis glory.
The elderly Williams grew up in a racist South, and the punishments he absorbed early in life never left his memory. He still hugged several collaborators from the white tennis shoes, ignoring the color of their skin. His only qualifier: who could help his daughters reach the top.
Similarly, her daughters embraced her colorblind vision without ignoring the remnants of racism they still saw around them.
Papa Williams emerged as an empowering figure and role model. He used his growing influence in tennis to protect and prepare his girls for life under the microscope.
Father know better? Not always, but the Williams girls respected their father even when he made the wrong calls.
Smith’s character also dressed up his daughters when they started talking about their tennis skills, something any pre-teen talent could do. I would not support kids who weren’t humble, who left God and good manners out of their success equation.
“King Richard” does not ignore racism. Sometimes intolerance takes a long and persistent foreground. Richard Williams recoils from television footage of Rodney King being beaten up by Los Angeles police officers. He also stares at a couple of tennis executives guilty of nothing but condescending kindness.
He doesn’t let any of that spice up his parental choices. Venus Williams will be a champion on her terms, and no amount of racism, be it micro-injuries or something uglier, will stop that from happening.
Family always came first in the Williams household. Even when Venus Williams is on the cusp of stardom, Richard retires his beloved daughter. Being a kid is just as important as the early start of your career, he argued, and the results ultimately proved him right.
The essential traits that Richard Williams passed on to his daughters would not be considered strange or refreshing 20 years ago. Maybe even 10. But today? Victimity is the end goal, something that even a literal princess like Meghan MarkleMeghan Markle Prince Harry: ‘Megxit’ a misogynistic term Democrats deploy divisive duchess to push on paid leave Meghan: paid leave is not about politics, ‘just a humanitarian issue’ MORE hugs in the midst of your amazing privilege. Hard work is considered a white privilege. Separating people because of the color of his skin he is now part of the agenda of the extreme left.
Richard Williams is out of the spotlight today. She is almost 80 years old and her magnificent work preparing her daughters for stardom is complete. He must be proud of “King Richard”, co-produced by his now-grown daughters. Here’s the bet that he hopes his conservative spirit won’t get lost among modern moviegoers. Who couldn’t benefit from some real lessons today?
“King Richard” is now showing in theaters and on HBO Max.
Christian Toto is the editor of the conservative entertainment site. “HollywoodInToto.com, the correct view of entertainment, “ and host of the weekly “Right in hollywood“podcast. He is the author of the next “Virtue Bombs: How Hollywood Woke Up and Lost Its Soul”.