Movie Review: “Challengers” – A Love Triangle with Energy (and Tennis)

"Challengers" is a movie directed by Luca Guadagnino starring Zendaya, Josh O'Connor, and Mike Faist.

“Challengers” offers a fresh take on the love triangle trope, reminiscent of Truffaut’s classic style but unique in narrative and rhythm. This film dives into a spirited rivalry that extends beyond the tennis court, using sport and competition as its dynamic backdrop. Starring Mike Faist, Josh O’Connor, and the ever-impressive Zendaya, this movie is a refreshing, youthful, and bold experience.

Plot Overview

The story revolves around Art and Patrick, two young men who form a doubles tennis team. Their lives take a compelling turn when they meet Tashi, a fellow tennis player. The introduction of Tashi sparks changes that extend far beyond the tennis court, setting the scene for a captivating triangular relationship.

Neither Teen Comedy Nor Intimate Drama


“Challengers” deftly navigates the fine line between being just another teen comedy and an overly introspective drama. It captures the essence of youth while evolving its characters beyond the confines of a typical love triangle. The film manages to deepen its characters without succumbing to heavy-handed dramatics, offering the best of both genres.

Directed by Luca Guadagnino, the film’s narrative unfolds through a series of flashbacks, presenting an intimate story that intertwines rivalry, love, and maturity. Guadagnino’s direction ensures a dynamic and fresh storytelling experience.

Zendaya: The Star

While she hasn’t won an Oscar yet, Zendaya continues to prove her versatility and natural talent. Since her breakout role in “Euphoria” (2019), she has balanced commercial cinema with more dramatic, performance-driven projects. Although “Challengers” might not garner the same attention as “Dune” (2021), Zendaya’s performance remains a testament to her growing prowess in Hollywood. In this film, she oscillates between being provocative, mature, mysterious, funny, and dramatic as the scenes demand, making her a standout in every frame.

Tennis: Both Excuse and Protagonist

Beneath its romantic plot, “Challengers” is also a sports film that transcends typical genre boundaries. It avoids a linear narrative that culminates in a predictable climax. Instead, it offers varied scenes and complex storytelling, making it a unique cinematic experience. The tennis element serves as both an excuse for the unfolding drama and a protagonist in its own right, adding depth and texture to the film.

Our Opinion

“Challengers” may not be the most transformative film of your life, but it certainly deserves your attention. This love triangle is entertaining, dramatic, and refreshingly unique. The film excels in avoiding monotony, ensuring an engaging viewing experience from start to finish. It’s a movie that knows how to keep its audience intrigued, and for that, it deserves commendation.

In conclusion, “Challengers” is a must-watch for those seeking a movie that blends humor, drama, and freshness in a seamless narrative. This film is anything but boring, and that’s something we can all appreciate.

Martin Cid
Martin Cid
Writer, pipe smoker and founder of MCM
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