Million Dollar Arm definitely has a number of pluses. Jon Hamm is one of them. In his show, Mad Men, he has created one of the most iconic characters in TV history. He doesn’t disappoint here either. He gives us a multi-layered character who can easily intersperse hope with disappointment anger with joy.
His unlikely love interest is Lake Bell who carried her last movie, In a World, and contributes quite a bit to Million Dollar Arm. I say unlikely because she is not a classic beauty, nor does she exude femininity like some of our RomCom favs. She is a strong female and positive role model, and I totally appreciated that casting choice.
The story is thus: A sports agent, looking for a unique way to succeed in that avocation, decides to recruit some cricket players from India to come to the U.S. and tryout for major league baseball. Hey, there are a lot of potential fans in India who might buy “Dinesh” bobbleheads, if only this scheme could somehow work.
So lots of good India humor, lots of heart, and a nice glimpse at another culture. Also a plus is that it is based on a true story, and you get that “where are they now” feature during the credits. Arm is a good message movie, inspiring without being Hallmark-y.
Its drawback, possibly its only drawback, is that it is slow paced. Some stories take a while to tell, however, and this is one of them.
If you fear that it’s a baseball movie, it’s not, and likewise, if you want it to be a baseball movie, it still isn’t. It’s a good story, and actually pretty amazing. So without telling you too much, you can surmise that the ending is not going to be sad. Good for all ages. – [DVD] [Blu-Ray]
DVD Release Date: 10/8/14