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Challengers Review

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Challengers released in theaters on April 22. Photo by Warner Bros.

Challengers”, directed by Luca Guadagnino, known for his work on “Call Me By Your Name.” takes viewers on a rollercoaster of emotions from start to finish. This film follows the lives of two intertwined friends, Art and Patrick, as they compete for the heart of tennis star, Tashi Donaldson while focusing on winning the final match. With a blend of humor, romance and drama, this film offered an enjoyable watch.

One of the standout features “Challengers” provides is the unique screenplay. Unlike the clichés of sports, this film offers a fresh perspective on the challenges faced by the characters, delving deep into their personal struggles and growth. The plot was realistic and entertaining, keeping me engaged the entire time. I was on the edge of my seat during the entire final match. The script, incorporating elements of humor, added a lighthearted touch to the heated tension. I also really enjoyed the pacing. The movie was set in flashbacks, going from the final match to pieces and bits of the players’ pasts, keeping the intensity high the entire time.

The unique portrayal of tennis was an engaging aspect of this film to me. I’ve never been interested in the game of tennis, but after watching I feel like I have a better understanding of the sport. The film dives into the intricacies of relationships between players, captively describing the tension between two opposing players on and off the court. The film displayed how we can watch tennis, or any sport for that matter, and forget there’s more to it outside of the physical game aspect. The use of innovative camera angles immerses viewers into the action and adds that extra layer of intensity. I felt like I was experiencing the match for myself. I’ll definitely have high expectations if I’m ever at a tennis match after seeing this movie.

This film explores the aspects of a friendship rivalry. Art and Patrick have to navigate their complex feelings for each other, Tashi and tennis. “Challengers” depicts how competitiveness can impact our personal relationships. It also showcases the complexities of human emotions and how they can influence our actions. This film does a great job of showing how passion can push us to achieve our goals, but also how it can sometimes blind us to what truly matters.

Another notable aspect of the film was the soundtrack. The one-of-a-kind electrifying score unexpectedly sets the tone for a competitive tennis match. The music, similar to a dance club, sounds like how I imagine an adrenaline rush would sound. When I heard the music start to play, I knew something was about to go down. The music perfectly aligned with what was going down on the court and it just added that extra, special layer of intensity. The music provided an auditory representation of the tension and emotion of the match. It was for sure a memorable experience.

The acting and chemistry between all the actors stood out as another highlight of the film. Zendaya perfectly captures the intensity and competitiveness of tennis star, Tashi. Her connection with Josh O’Connor and Mike Faist equally impressed me, leaving me conflicted about who I wanted her to end up with. While she’s very good in this role, her character clearly poses as a plot device for the two males. Their friendship and competitiveness in tennis are displayed through their love and fight for Tashi. O’Connor depicts Patrick’s cockiness of his character very well and Faist excels in portraying men’s vulnerabilities we usually don’t see. Overall, the tension between the characters is palpable and drives the story forward. I’m glad that they chose two less popular actors for the male roles because they definitely deserved the visibility. The casting was perfect and everyone played their part superbly.

In addition, the movie poster was a great concept for this movie. The creative and eye-catching design entices viewers to step into the world of a high-stake tennis romance. This captivating film offers a unique take on the sports genre. With an engaging screenplay, dynamic characters, and an intense soundtrack I give this movie five stars. Luca Guadagnino has once again proven his talent as a director, delivering a film that offers both a thought-provoking and entertaining experience.

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Ella Geist
Ella Geist, Staff Writer
Hi, my name is Ella and I’m a sophomore. I love reading and music.
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