MILLION DOLLAR ARM is
based on the true story of JB Bernstein and his dream of finding the next great
baseball player in India. He is a struggling sports agent who gets
investors to hold a competition called the Million Dollar Arm and the winners
will be trained to be baseball players and try out for the teams in front of
baseball scouts. The winners end up
being Rinku and Dinesh who strive to dream like JB Berstein and move beyond
their communities in India. The only hurdles are JB not paying attention
to the winners, the struggle of these two young men to be baseball players, and
JB trying to pull off the improbable by promising to present players who can
try out in a year. MILLION DOLLAR ARM has
all of the elements of the type of inspirational stories that Disney sometimes
makes and it is the type of movie that is suitable for the whole family.
It is about going for your dreams, caring
for the people you are responsible for, and believing in yourself along with
finding new friendships (and relationships).
JB must find a balance between his relationships and his job as he struggles
to make his agency survive as he is distracted by an on and off football player
client named Popo (who is the type of player who wants everything to be about
him and wants his agent to pay attention to him all of the time, but seriously
the name spells ego issues). Jon Hamm
resembles the real JB Bernstein as the actors who play Rinku and Dinesh capture
the real life winners (even though they don’t look like them). Jon Hamm
is an interesting actor as he gives
an understated performance that isn’t easy to judge, but I think it is down to
the way he wants to wants to play the characters he tackles on movies and TV.
behind-the-scenes of training the actors who play Rinku and Dinesh how to look
like baseball players on screen with a special appearance from the real Rinku.
THEIR STORY- the real Rinku, Dinesh, and JB Bernstein
about their experiences and how it changed their lives.
MILLION DOLLAR MUSIC BY A.R. RAHMAN- the composer
about the music and the mix of Indian music and Western pop.
Three deleted scenes and an alternate ending
wisely cut from the movie, but they are still nice to see and maybe the last
deleted scene could have fit back into the movie where the alternate ending
could have worked if it had more material (and a rewrite).
Also included is a code so you can stream and
Digital HD copy of the movie across several devices from TV to computer to
tablet and smart phones.
FINAL ANALYSIS: MILLION DOLLAR ARM
is an inspirational film that is a perfect fit for Disney and will appeal to
the whole family. I wish the disc did
have more extensive extras and actually go into the process of how they made
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