Film review: Challengers by Luca Guadagnino 

Movie buffs and tennis enthusiasts, get ready to smash into the world of Challengers with me. We’re diving into a roller-coaster ride of love, rivalry, and a whole lot of fun on and off the court. So grab your popcorn and your racket, because this review is serving up some serious style and laughs!

Film review Challengers by Luca Guadagnino

The story

Challengers follows the journey of three intertwined characters: Tashi, a former tennis superstar turned coach, and her two former admirers turned competitors, Patrick and Art. As they navigate the world of professional tennis, love, and friendship, tensions rise on and off the court, leading to a series of unexpected twists and turns. Amidst the fierce competition and romantic entanglements, the trio must confront their pasts and futures, all while striving for victory in both love and sport. 






The trailer

The verdict

Get ready to serve up some serious style and laughs with Challengers! Picture-perfect cinematography straight out of Italy by film director Luca Guadagnino sets the stage for a game of tennis like you’ve never seen before.

In this modern twist on Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tale, our heroes aren’t swinging swords, but rackets, and the object of their affection isn’t a fair maiden, but a retired tennis pro with a mean backhand. And let me tell you, the tension on and off the court is palpable!

When Tashi Duncan (played by the fabulous Zendaya) drops some wisdom about tennis being like a relationship, it’s cheesy yet strangely true. But hey, when the on-screen eye candy includes curls of sweat-soaked hair and toned thighs in short shorts, who’s complaining?

I was totally into the charming character played by Josh O’Connor, until I realised he was also Prince Charles in The Crown – talk about a buzz-kill! But aside from that, the dynamic between him, Art Donaldson (played by the endearing Mike Faist), and the sassy Tashi is electric.

The tennis matches are shot with so much emotion, it’s like you’re right there on the court with them. And the editing during key confrontations? Let’s just say it’s as wild as a wind-storm.

Challengers features phenomenal camera work that skilfully captures the mood and intensity of all three protagonists. The cameras are strategically placed, sometimes on the actors themselves and even on the tennis ball, providing viewers with a unique perspective and immersing them in the emotions of the characters. It’s not overdone, but just enough to intensify the experience and draw audiences deeper into the story.

Zendaya shines as Tashi, the former tennis superstar turned coach, while O’Connor and Faist deliver zingers and zesty banter that keep you hooked from start to finish.

Challengers is a roller-coaster of laughs, love triangles, and, of course, tennis. And while the ending might not tie up all the loose ends neatly, hey, life – and tennis – are all about the unexpected twists and turns.

Catch Challengers in cinemas soon for a slice of romance, rivalry, and a whole lot of fun!

London Mums’ rating: 8/10

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