Number of Times Seen – Twice (11 Dec 2012 and 4 Sep 2018)
Brief Synopsis – An aging baseball scout is put to test when a young team executive using new technology challenges the way that he evaluates players
My Take on it – This is a film that I saw not long after it came out and immediately could relate to the various questions that it poses because they are so relevant.
Upon rewatching this film after nearly 6 years, it’s actually fascinating to see that those questions haven’t changed at all and in fact are embedded even deeper into the way of life that we all live.
The questions that this film poses has to do with whether new technologies can properly replace old techniques that have been the cornerstone of so much decision making over the years.
This debate will probably never end yet this story can be seen as an analogy for so many different fields that have pondered this very question.
Clint Eastwood once again shows how great an actor he can be with this role and he manages to give us a very unique and interesting view of these questions being debated.
As a baseball fan, I loved the way that this film describes the whole scouting process and I found it fascinating to learn so much about the way things work under the surface.
Bottom Line – Great film that is an interesting analogy for the changes in the ways of life due to advancing technology. The questions that this film brings up are very intriguing and even after 6 years since this film was made, those questions are still being debated. Eastwood is perfectly cast in the lead and he manages to give us a great view on the questions between the old and new ways of doing things. As a baseball fan, the process itself is fascinating to watch and they manage to show us really well how this all works. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Clint Eastwood said about himself acting in this film about aging in an interview: “You get to a certain age, you’re just glad to be there. You have to be a realist so you try to look for roles that are within the age range you are in. It would be kind of ridiculous if I wanted to play a 35-year-old guy. I’ve enjoyed the journey to this stage and I intend to enjoy the rest of the journey”. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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