This is Will Smith's best performance as an extraordinary father with all of his flaws intact. More than the typical American success story about underdog athletes who win through resilience, practice, and fortitude, the film demonstrates how Venus, who was raised to believe in herself, learns that failure is her most important lesson because she will always have the love of her family, even if she falls flat on her face on the court during her most important game. Her parents and her sisters cheer her on and allow her to fail with grace because getting back up on your feet and holding your head up high, especially when you lose, is more important than winning. Richard Williams knew his daughters were capable of greatness when no one else believed in them and never gave up on them, even though he was continually rejected, and beaten to a bloody pulp his whole life and while he was trying to protect all of his children. For me, this story is about visionary parenting as much as it is about the father and first coach of two supernova Black women athletes.