Venus and Serena [Blu-ray]
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"Venus and Serena" expands beyond just what the two sisters have done in their illustrious careers through 2011. This films gives the viewer an opportunity to hear their mother Oracene Price speak very candidly when giving Serena advice on beating the "crap" out of her opponents and even giving a "word" of advice to Mr. Williams new wife. You also get to see the "never-quit" spirit that each one continues to harness as they struggle through physical ailments. The workouts that the sisters endure while rehabing are intense; this is what separates these two sisters from the rest. Their persevearance is astonishing, as is their love for one another.
It is well known that Serena and Venus already have an incredibly deep bond, and this movie just enhances the fibers of that relationship even more. These two are co-joined in heart, spirit and love. Their connection jumps off of the screen as they speak to one another and about one another. Their devotion, though, is not just limited to one another, but their entire entourage as well.
This is a "must see" movie for any fan or curious seeker of why these two women are the phenomenal dominant game changers to ever grace the tennis courts. Venus and Serena Williams are a force to be reckoned with! Testimonies by their parents, former coaches, John McEnroe, former President Bill Clinton, comedienne Chris Rock, Editor of Vogue Ana Wintour and many more contribute to that sentiment. These are two fabulous sisters with extraordinary talent, family and love.
The movie presents a nice balance between their tennis careers and personal lives. Obviously, this documentary is going to appeal most to fans of Venus and/or Serena. I like both of them and am a huge Serena fan in particular. I read articles about them routinely, so there wasn't a great deal new here for me, but it was still interesting. The story of two sisters from Compton becoming the best tennis players of their generation is amazing no matter how many times it's told, imo.
I was disappointed that Venus' role in helping get women get equal prize money wasn't discussed; overall, Venus is given a bit less attention and too often painted simply as a 'protector' to Serena. Also, there wasn't much behind-the-scenes information as I hoped. For example, there are numerous people always around the sisters, but they are rarely introduced. Finally, the interviews made for the documentary are just ordinary - I don't recall any earth-shattering insights. But then Venus and Serena both tend to play things pretty close to the vest. I thoroughly enjoyed this documentary, and I think fans will as well. Others will probably want to skip this movie.
1. It is amazing to see Serena with a tube in her stomach and Vee battling a depilitating illness but are still playing
2. The sisters have carefully chosen who they want around them and in their circle and they have made very smart decisions
3. They are still grieving over the older sister's death. I got teary over Vee and Serena talking about it.
4. I love John McEnroe. He understands the challenges of a champion like Serena and he empathized with her.
5. I can't stand Patrick McEnroe. He was always a loser, still is a loser, and will never be anything else. He has always had it out for Serena and WHY is he over the USTA? What credentials besides being the brother of a champion does he have?
6. I think Richard Williams is awesome and can be firey! I love how he protected Venus during her interview at a young age. He did not let that reporter bring her confidence down!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Two amazing girls! A true example of "where there is a will; there's a way"!Published 18 days ago by TeriLynn Hardy
Supported suspicions that Serena is a spoiled brat and extremely self absorbed. It was well filmed but the sister didn't say or do anything they wouldn't say or do on camera. Read morePublished 4 months ago by K Foster
Excellent documentary, provides insight into a family that is often under appreciated. I have a greater respect for their place in history.Published 10 months ago by bow