Movie Review – Million Dollar Arm ***1/2

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Cricket and Baseball have a lot in common as both involve a bat and a ball. The film follows a true story of a sports agent exploring possibilities of recruiting Indian Cricketers as pitchers. He organises a talent hunt across India which became a major success. Rinku and Dinesh two small town boys make the cut to go to USA for further training and trials.

For once I would like to say it on records that the west sees the east in a completely different light. Whenever India is in focus in a Hollywood film they have to show cows, poverty, corruption etc and this film is no different. Why is it so difficult for people to show the new India which is as advanced as the west. India has a great blend of old and new, traditional and modern, snake charmers and computer geniuses. I saw the same treatment of India in Slumdog millionaire also. But If you leave this aspect of the film aside, it is an enjoyable experience as all sports films are.

Produced by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Craig Gillespie, the movie stars Jon Hamm who is more known for his roles on the small screen. The other noted actors are Lake Bell, Aasif Mandvi, Darshan Jariwala and Madhur Mittal (big bro from Slumdog millionaire). But the surprise package of this film are Suraj Sharma and Pitobash. Though the film is a bit predictable, what make it interesting is that it is based on a true story.

You should watch it if you are a sports lover and like watching movies based on achievements in sports as they are defiantly motivating.

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