The film is based on the true story of baseball pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel who were discovered by sports agent J.B. Bernstein after winning a reality show competition. The film stars Jon Hamm as Bernstein, Bill Paxton as pitching coach Tom House, Suraj Sharma as Singh, Madhur Mittal as Patel, and Alan Arkin. Wikipedia
Million Dollar Arm Reviews
The stereotypes notwithstanding, 'Million Dollar Arm' is solidly staged, and inhabited with richly-drawn characters. AR Rahman's soundtrack fits in nicely with the narrative, making this a pleasing enough watch for the weekend. I'm going with three out of five. If you seek comfort in the familiar, this film won't disappoint.
The kind of feel-nice summer movie I haven’t chanced upon in many suns. Occasionally cheesy, yes. Foreseeable, a gigantic YES. Yet it had me engrossed, smiling and guffawing.
It’s taken nearly six years making it to the big screen, and while Million Dollar Arm is not too ambitious in its pitch, it has its heart in the right place.
What matters is that Million Dollar Arm leaves you with a smile on your face and a swing in your step and that’s all it is designed to do. Besides it gave me a real kick to see the iconic Disney logo backed by A. R. Rahman’s music.
A romantic subplot involving a cutesy tenant (Bell) is wearisome. AR Rahman’s background music score is straight out of a Bollywood potboiler.At best, this well-intentioned triumph of the underdog tale makes for an okey-dokey matinee.
Million Dollar Arm is a Million Dollar Farce. It is a very Disney film. So there is insinuation of sex off screen and all of two kisses, but it is clean, feel good and unfortunately, also very predictable. They may as well have made this an animated flick and they would’ve gotten the same results.
Million Dollar Arm may have a point when it questions the treatment of players as commodities and not humans, it overdoes the white saviour bit.
Sure, there are all the usual cliches you'd expect from a movie that sees India through the Occidental lens. You have claustrophobically crowded streets, chaotic honking and food that gives Bernstein the runs. But these cliches are handled in such a deft manner by Gillespie as to make the overall package quite heartwarming.
An uplifting inspirational story of two individuals who rose above their shortcomings, Million Dollar Arm is highly recommended for its sincere and honest attempt to prove that dreams whether American or Indian can come true.
Million Dollar Arm is a must watch for sports movie lovers. But if you are not one, the movie will still impress you.
Million Dollar Arm keeps you engaged as McCarthy succeeds in peppering the script with a balance of light-hearted and poignant moments. AR Rahman's score is mishmash, drawing sounds from everywhere leaving the soundtrack with no standout track.
While it mostly uses the standard operating procedure of the underdog story, it has a certain charm about it and the writer has done a fine job of creating some wonderful characters, including those who may have a lot of screen time, yet make their presence felt like Alan Arkin for instance.If you want to feel good, try this Million Dollar Arm.
The fact that the film is based on a true story does help it pack a punch. The only trouble is that its knock could have been much harder.
Visually, Director Craig Gillespie looks at India through the Hollywood prism, representing it as an uncanny bizarre country packed with weird living conditions with locals who unwittingly admit that "Here in India, we do things a little differently", making it look like a poor country cousin of "Slumdog Millionaire".
If the plot has not got you interested, go and watch it for the fine performances, or may be for the love of sports. But even if you are not a sports fanatic, the film will still leave you with a feel-good factor.
If you are a fan of die-hard inspirational sports movie, Million Dollar Arm may disappoint you. But, if you are looking forward for a relaxed sports drama movie, this is it.Million Dollar Arm will make you feel good and happy. A well-crafted story of two sportsmen making it big. Time to pull out those tissues. We all love a little bit of emotional drama, don’t we?