Million Dollar Arm Review
Million Dollar Arm is the true story of sports agent BJ Bernstein, who is looking for the next big thing to keep his agency afloat. He comes up with the notion of pitching a reality show in India that would take cricket players and give them the chance to become Major League Baseball pitchers in America. Through the process, “Mr. BJ sir”, as he is referred to in the movie, reevaluates his priorities and learns the values of family, loyalty and diversity as the young men he brings to the U.S. from India change his life.
Many have deemed this a “feel good film”! It is and it’s not a bad thing! Director Craig Gillespie’s juxtaposition of life in India and life in America, is a strong point of the movie and he does it in such a way that keeps the film pretty family friendly and inspirational.
The movie features an excellent performance by Jon Hamm (Mad Men) who plays BJ Bernstein. Jon Hamm captures the heart change in his character with a brilliant subtlety. The film also features strong performances by Pitobash (Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara! ), Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) and Madhur Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire). Also, there are strong supporting performances by Lake Bell (Tron: Underground) and Bill Paxton (Marvel’s: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).
The movie runs a bit over 2 hours but at no point drags. It’s rated PG for some suggestive situations and mild profanity. Overall, this is a great film and is a good all around inspirational story. I believe this movie will become a Disney sports classic the likes of Remember the Titans and Cool Runnings. The only downside I see is, I would have liked to have seen some more backstory of the two MLB prospects from India, but the lack of this does not leave a gap in the story. The movie gets 4 out of 5 churros from me and I highly suggest seeing it in theaters.