“King Richard” fits Will Smith like a glove but it’s Aunjanue Ellis as wife Brandy who walks away with the acting honors.

The role is a bit of a cliche, but Ellis invests it with such power, love, and grace that you never doubt her character.  And she has a few wonderful heart-to-heart moments with Smith. Slowly but surely, she walks away with the acting honors. But kudos must also be given to Jon Bernthal who plays the sisters second (Tony Goldwyn plays their first) professional coach, Florida-based Rick Macci.

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