Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Oct 2018)
Brief Synopsis – True story of a baseball catcher who worked for the government during World War II in order to help the war effort how ever he could.
My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about a few months ago and was quite interested in seeing what it was all about.
The story itself is quite fascinating and there are numerous scenes that feel too good to actually be true.
Paul Rudd was a great choice for the lead role and comes across very believably in the double life that this former athlete lived.
The pacing of the story is quite slow but that helps it feel reminiscent of the kind of espionage films made in the earlier days of film before everything was filled with action from start to finish.
The story develops the main character really well and we can believe the fact that he was able to accrue so much academic and scientific knowledge even if he spent most of his life as an athlete.
In addition to Rudd, the rest of the cast is great with Jeff Daniels, Sienna Miller, Guy Pierce, Paul Giamatti, Mark Strong and Tom Wilkinson giving very convincing and compelling performances.
Bottom Line – Fascinating story that sometimes seems too good to be true. Rudd is great in the title role and comes across believably in both aspects of the life of this former athlete. The pacing of the story moves a bit slowly at certain points yet still manages to capture the feeling of spy films from the 60’s which took their time instead of making them feel action packed the entire way through. They do a great job developing the main character and allowing us to understand and believe all of the scientific and academic aspects of his past along with his athletic ones at the same time. Great supporting cast with Daniels, Miller, Pierce, Strong, Giamatti and Wilkinson. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The headline for Moe Berg’s obituary in Newsweek magazine in May 1972 was “3rd String Catcher; 1st String Spy.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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