Movie Night Blu-Ray, Million Dollar Arm
It was another family movie night last night to round off our long weekend. My wife, Mandy, chose the Disney film Million Dollar Arm to watch on Blu-ray.
The movie was really easy to watch, despite being a story about US baseball, which none of us have an interest in. This is based on the true story of a sports promoter, struggling to make ends meet, running a competition to find a major league baseball pitcher in cricket mad India. After initial failure, the competition is a success, and the promoter finds love along the way.
As long as you don’t mind reading a few sub-titles, I recommend Million Dollar Arm as a feel good family movie for all ages.
We’ve been having a few family movie nights lately. Last week we watched “Saving Mr. Banks“, which is about the work Disney put into securing the rights to make the Mary Poppins movie. Saving Mr. Banks inspired us last night to watch “Mary Poppins“.
I don’t recall ever watching Marry Poppins before, but most of the songs from this 50 year old movie were familiar – I remember as a child being taught by my Mum how to pronounce and sing “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious“. I was really surprised at how good the special-effects were, for a movie made before modern computer generated graphics, especially combining live action with animation. I’m not normally a big fan of musicals (chick-flicks!), but watching Saving Mr. Banks the week before put Mary Poppins into context and made it more interesting.
Both movies are family friendly, with all three kids watching them with us. Only 5 year old Karla falling asleep towards the end and 11 year old Brad showing some boredom with the music in Mary Poppins. We had no complaints from 14 year old Josh.
After dinner tonight we decided to have a family movie night, so after browsing the AppleTV iTunes menu we decided on Chef, starring, written and directed by Jon Favreau. The trailer showed the movie to be a family friendly and funny movie. We weren’t disappointed, my wife, three kids and I all enjoyed Chef.