By James Hirsen
Mixed in with the early season's action and superhero movies is one gem of a summer release. "Million Dollar Arm" may actually turn out to be Disney's feel-good film of the year. Distinguished from other sports oriented movies, this film not only combines elements of comedy, drama and romance, it also weaves in some compelling time-honored themes.
There are some important life lessons that are intertwined in the plot line. "Million Dollar Arm" includes a character that is a high-powered businessman, who is initially motivated by money but goes through a transformation that is prompted by the love of a newfound family. The film makes the case that some risks are worth taking despite seemingly impossible odds, and it additionally delves into some of the attributes of the human spirit that light the path to success, including the qualities of creativity, perseverance and integrity. [more...]