THE PLOT THUS FAR
Based on a true story, a group of boys from Monterrey, Mexico who become the first non-U.S. team to win the Little League World Series.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
A seemingly impossible dream of playing baseball for the red, white and blue becomes reality for a group of youngsters from an impoverished Mexican city in this poignant drama based on actual events. After coaxing ex-player Cesar (Clifton Collins Jr.) to coach them, Angel Macias (Jake T. Austin) and his friends establish a team and set off for America. The film follows their highs and lows as they compete in the Little League World Series. These boys were underdogs in every sense of the definition; they were poor, smaller and foreign. This is a powerful beautiful movie of the power of children’s love for the game and their desire to overcome obstacles. I do not want to give too much of the story away, but I will touch on a few points. The movies color, lighting and sets are very well done for a very low budget film, which is not easy to recreate 1957 Mexico and America.
There are many montages and time lapses to save time, however, you experience a ton of baseball. Whether an inning or abridged games in their entirety, director William Dear shows a little piece of each stop to the championship. The cuts are quick and often, so I wouldn’t be surprised if much of the actual baseball action was faked, but they do their job to portray what was being done. A family film from start to finish, I was the least bit surprised to find that Dear also helmed Angels in the Outfield. More life-affirming tale then sports flick.
The Blu-Ray comes with a few special features. Basically, it’s a rather flat director’s commentary, trailers and some bare featurettes. We first covered the film at the site in a rather quick blurb almost two years ago. To put that into perspective, I had almost forgotten about the release until Image Entertainment decided to give it a proper release. The A/V Quality is very strong for an indie sports flick. Some of the transfer colors seem washed out, but that seems more like a chosen aesthetic. The lossless audio track makes each bat crack come to life and pop with a dynamic smash. I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 08/02/2011