We had the opportunity to see Disney’s Million Dollar Arm before the release! I headed to the theater Tuesday for a night out with my little man. This was my first advanced screening and it ended up being a great experience.
Million Dollar Arm is a great family film that should be popular even with people that aren’t into sports. I’m not a baseball fan, and I still enjoyed the movie. The plot is so much more than throwing a ball.
I thought it was well made and spent just the right amount of time sharing the 1-year span of events. Some movies have parts that just seem to drag on forever, but I didn’t get that feeling with Million Dollar Arm. The emotions were also well played throughout the film. You could feel the excitement, fear and determination of the characters. The movie is light-hearted with plenty of laughs (some of which my son didn’t get.) I found the car scene after JB Bernstein had spend the night with Brenda absolutely hilarious.
Knowing that this film is based on a true story made it even more enticing. You could really imagine how lost Dinesh (Madhur Mittal), Rinku (Suraj Sharma) and Amit (Pitobash) would have been in LA. I was asking myself why JB would even consider leaving them alone, but I guess he just didn’t get it. The elevator and car screens are funny, and I love that the credits included real life footage of the elevator scene.
Seeing how the sports agent, JB Bernstein, evolved throughout the film was refreshing. It’s a great lesson to my son that even if you make a mistake, you can work hard to make it right. Even though finding baseball’s next great pitcher through a reality show competition was all about saving his own career. He ended up helping two boys from India find a new dream and learning about commitment and family.
When trying to determine my favorite character, I realized it has to be Amit. He had me laughing throughout the entire film. His character knew what he wanted and went for it. Not for the money, but for the adventure and the thrill of learning more about his passion.
View from a 10-year old:
Monkey thought the movie was exciting and funny. Monkey’s favorite part is when they started getting good at baseball. He thought the funniest part in the movie is when Amit got drunk and Rinku ate too much and they both threw up in JB’s car. Monkey also wants to give everyone a heads up that there will be a lot of reading. During most of the film Dinesh and Rinku don’t speak English, so you’ll have to read the subtitle translations.
Overall, we both recommend the film. Monkey has already suggested to all his friends and classmates that they see the movie this weekend.
Million Dollar Arm is rated PG and opens in theaters today, May 16th!
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