My Take – Firstly I have no idea how baseball works, & this happens to be the 2nd movie (after Money Ball) about the sport which i truly enjoyed! Yes being a Disney film, it was predictable etc but the sheer motion of how the story unfolds is a delight to watch. The characters are well developed and the scenes in India provide just the right background for what these young men must have gone through in their transformation.
There was more that one heart-jerking moment without ever being maudlin.The Hollywood’s exploration of India based subjects is continuing. I have been enjoying those. Something quite refreshing which traveling on a new perspective to entertain the world audience. Well, this movie was not as big as ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ or ‘Life of Pi’, but nevertheless its somewhere in between. The boys from ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘Life of Pi’ are the two Indian characters. Suraj Sharma as Rinku and Madhur Mittal as Dinesh did justice to the respective roles. Lake Bell, Alan Akin, Darshan Jariwala, Aasif Mandvi & Bill Paxton provide great support, but this is truly a Jon Hamm movie!! He defines awesome!!
Million Dollar Arm is a great sports movie, that pulls out all the stops, it has heart, humor, everything. The baseball scenes are awesome, the India and America setting where great but its the superb screenplay & the performances which makes this one of the best sports movies in recent times!