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Movie Review: Challengers, the epic journey and rise to greatness

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Alyssa Vu
Regal Cinemas proudly displays the “Challengers” movie poster, capitalizing on Zendaya’s starpower to generate buzz for the movie.

The highly-anticipated sports romance film Challengers released in theaters on April 26 to a wildly successful reception. Starring A-List actress Zendaya, Challengers has been two years and $55 million in the making. Plenty of preparation and effort went into the production of the movie, including rigorous tennis training with seasoned professionals for the cast.

However, the movie’s journey to the big season wasn’t without its hurdles. Originally slated for release in September 2023, the release faced delays due to the infamous SAG-AFTRA strike. Challengers was also pulled from the prestigious 80th Venice International Film Festival, negatively impacting marketing and press for the film.

All the hard work paid off as “Challengers” received thunderous applause from both critics and fans, boasting an impressive 97% Rotten Tomato score. The film offers a gripping exploration of the intricacies and power dynamics of tennis.

About the Story

Challengers follows tennis prodigy-turned-coach Tashi Duncan through her tumultuous relationship with Art Donaldson and Patrick Zweig. Their shared love for Tashi becomes a point of contention, straining both their friendship and their tennis careers.

After a career-ending injury dashes her dreams of going pro, Tashi seeks redemption on the court through coaching. Over thirteen years, Tashi transforms Art from a mediocre tennis player to a world champion.

However, as his performance falters, Tashi makes Art play in a challenger event, a low-level competition. Although she intends to rebuild his confidence, plans go awry when Art is forced to play his rival and Tashi’s ex-boyfriend, Patrick.

Why Watch?

The non-linear storytelling is what sets Challengers apart. It artfully weaves between past and present. The movie expertly unravels the intricate web of relationships and their profound impact on the characters. Flawed yet compelling, the characters offer a raw and authentic portrayal of human emotion.

Complemented by stunning cinematography and an evocative soundtrack, Challengers is a visual feast for the senses. Each shot is meticulously crafted, drawing viewers deeper into the emotional tapestry of the story.

Overall, Challengers is a cinematic gem that transcends genres, appealing to sports, drama, and romance fans alike. With its compelling narrative and visual splendor, this is one movie you won’t want to miss.

“Challengers” centers around a tumultuous love triangle in the vicious world of professional tennis. (Alyssa Vu)
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