By Will Ashton
I had some high hopes for Million Dollar Arm. It features a script by Thomas McCarthy, one of the best up-and-coming writers/directors working today. It is directed by Craig Gillespie, who made some solid movies in the past like the Fright Night remake and Lars and the Real Girl. And it has a very solid cast, including Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi), Aasif Mandvi and Lake Bell. And, it’s the story about two local Pirates players, Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh.
Yet, as the first trailer has been released today, this film looks like just another generic, run-of-the-mill Disney sports film that would have been common place in the early 2000s. Now, some decent movies have come out from there, but I’m not convinced, based on what I am seeing here, that this will be one of them. I’m holding out hope based on all the talent involved in this film, but I have to admit, I’m pretty disappointed so far.
Check out the trailer below: