Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Disney's 'Million Dollar Arm', English Movie Review!

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When I started watching this movie, I didn't know anything about the subject of the movie! I watched blindly.  Slowly, it caught my serious attention! The story is about 2 village boys being trained as baseball players, that too in America!

I liked the hero of the movie, Jon Hamm, who resembled young Robert De Nero! This also made me to continue watching in the beginning.  Then, after some 45 mts., the story caught up my interest! Now, to the story:

J.B. aka J.B.Berstein is an American sports agent who is on the brink of losing all his money and looking for new baseball players.  Once he was watching in TV, some reality shows and came across Indian cricket which is India's famous sport.  He notices players bowling with good speed, though there is no connection to Baseball's throwing of the ball.  Still, in a desperate move, he conducts a reality show in India called 'Million Dollar Arm' and comes across 2 Javelin throw players who won the first and second place in the competition. Though we, Indians are not baseball players, he takes them, Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel to America for training as baseball players.  

The story moves further to show how J.B. trained them, first mechanically and finding no positive result, started treating them like family and his friend Bella, who is a Medical student helps him in touching Rahul and Dinesh emotionally.  He sits with them during their pooja and yoga time, to make them feel comfortable and at home.  The training had to start from scrap, i.e. even the language, English.   The whole atmosphere was different for the players and with the help of Amit (Pitobash), who acted very well, J.B. gets the required results.




Both the boys, Suraj Sharma as Rinku Singh (the 'Life of Pi' hero') and Madhur Mittal ('Slum Dog Millionaire' actor, Older Salim) as Dinesh Patel have acted very well. 

The actors Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel:


The original Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel: 


The movie is like a typical Indian movie with romance (J.B. and Bella!) Comedy (a character called Amit who did quite well) etc. along with a few songs in the background! I would have liked to watch some more training programmes which would have made everybody interested in the movie. 

AR Rahman's music is OK and I liked a couple of songs, though not extra ordinarily good like many of his songs.  The background music is good. The fag end of the movie's background song is one of Rahman's Tamil song, which is a lovely song. The link to the other songs I liked in this movie is here: (click on this link pl.)

Well...you can watch this movie once at least, I assure you, you will enjoy!



P.S.: Who knows? One day Abhishek Bachchan might sponsor a Baseball team! I liked the theme of the story! It can happen again!

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12 comments :

Rahul Bhatia said...

Nice review, Sandhya! Am tempted to watch this one!

sm said...

nice review
interesting story
later will be back again to watch video

Sandhya said...

RAHUL BHATIA: First comment is yours, Rahulji, thank you!

I think you will like it!


sm: Yes, the story is good. Thank you!

Des said...

The 'based on a true story' makes me want to see this movie, even more. I guess it should be a good introduction to baseball for us! :)

Destination Infinity

umsreflections said...

This sounds to be a good movie...thanks for the review Sandhya. I think I'll catch this soon...

radha said...

I am pretty bad when it comes to films. Watch them only in 3-4 sittings when they show it on TV. This one seems interesting. Will watch for sure. As you say, one viewing.

Sandhya said...

DESTINATION INFINITY: You will enjoy this movie, I am sure, D.I.


UMSREFLECTIONS: Go with your daughters. All of you will enjoy! The hero looks good too!


RADHA: Nothing is there to watch it again. But we can enjoy once!

Jeevan said...

Sounds interesting! Will try to watch it sometime... Like DI said, baseball is quite a new subject for us, Indian, who are crazy about only Cricket.

Renu said...

Nice review Sandhya..Now i have to watch it:)

Avada Kedavra said...

I had seen the trailers for this movie. I love the song by "The script" in this movie, especially after I heard them sing at the concert. I had not heard the other songs by ARR. Will try to catch this movie.

Krishna/കൃഷ്ണ said...

A Nice review...

thanks

Sandhya said...

JEEVAN: We are interested in everything western! This sport will come inside one day...soon. It is very believable.


RENU: You will like it, Renu!


AVADA KADAVRA: Somehow I enjoyed this movie and wrote the review immediately. I liked the hero, mainly. He looks good and acted very well!


KRISHNA: Thank you, Krishna!

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