Million Dollar Arm

MillionDallarArmGrade: B-

Million Dollar Arm was a good movie, but I doubt anyone’s going to put it on their list of favorite inspirational sports movies.

The performances were all solid. John Hamm especially stood out, which is good since he’s the main character. He does a good job with his expressions saying more than his dialog. Alan Arkin, as expected, takes a little role and gives it the polish and perfection he does with everything. He pretty much owns every scene he’s in.

There are some amusing scenes but that’s about as good as the humor gets.

The story is predictable but the pacing of the movie kept me engaged. I think where the movie falls short is that there’s not enough at stake for any of the characters. Even if the boys from India don’t make it, they still end up with a great experience and more money than they could have ever hoped for. JB (John Hamm) has a lot riding on the success of his plan, and if he fails then he might lose his company and amazing house, but it’s not like he’s going to be impoverished. Basically, if the story ended with the worst case scenario it wouldn’t be a tragedy. I think that’s what holds the story back from being truly inspirational.

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