The Rookie Reviews
The film does fall down in its structure as there is almost no conflict. Everything happens a little too easily to the hero. In the documentary that accompanies the DVD, Morris's mother SAYS that he had a tough journey, though this is not shown in the film. Morris's constant struggles with a shoulder injury in his early playing career are omitted and only mentioned as exposition.
Dennis Quaid gives an earnest performance as Jim Morris, although he is too old for the part. Quaid's screen persona of someone who seems to be in constant inner turmoil works here, as it provides the inner conflict the film needs. Quaid is PARTICULARLY good at showing the anxiety and stress of waiting to be called up to play in his first major league game.
Rachel Griffiths gives a mostly unsympathetic performance as his wife which lessens some of the film's emotional impact. The remainder of the cast nail their parts however.
Overall, an entertaining but flawed feel-good movie.
Heard a couple of good reviews about this film which I passed when it was showing in the cinemas. Sports movies are hardly my cup of tea.
As I was watching, the good feeling didn't come up soon, even after half-time. I was thinking, "Gosh! It is so smooth-sailing." I was waiting for a big emotional meltdown or some adversities to knock our hero out. Hardly and I am beginning to feel bored. Yeah right, if only all successes are that easy.
Now, included among the special features is a mini-documentary about the real guy. In real life, he is this simple down-to-earth guy who is grateful for that short-lived fortunes and yet he is more than willing to let it all go when age finally catches up with him. The latter was not shown in the film.
Well, maybe as I am waiting for the film to live up to the expectation of 'an inspiring sports movie', I should also realise that a simple success story should just be told simply. In fact, I got a feeling that by making a movie out of him is like giving the extra credits and recognition he didn't expect in the first place.
After you get past the Disney Channel movie about a Science teacher coaching high school baseball it's actually a very good look into Minor League Baseball. Dare I say the best look we have had since Bull Durham. The message is to never give up on your dreams, of course accomplishing that you have to have talent, no job and a forgiving wife!
Inspite of a powerful story and a considerable effort from the cast, this film fails due to the excessive adherence to feel good nature and an extremely lack of action or thrills.