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The Final Season
The Final Season is
a film as timeless as baseball itself and more than just a retelling of
a lesser known sports feat. Is this a great film? No. But it
So let's talk about what
does work. The Story. Based on actual events in the small town of Norway
Iowa and how the merging of two schools put in jeopardy a long standing
state champion record. What is most impressive about the 1990 Varsity Norway
Tigers is not so much their 19 straight state
Add to that the firing of
the coach who led them to all those winnings, Jim Van Scoyoc (Powers Boothe)
and replacing him with first time coach Kent
So it is a motivating story
and a sports event worth telling. The problem is that this film looks and
feels like a made for cable feel good movie of the
Powers Boothe fits the coach role perfectly and he is definitely the strong pillar in this film. Although there are other more notable names like Sean Astin, Rachael Leigh Cook, and Tom Arnold it is Boothe who, like the character he portrays, holds this group together. It is possibly the bond to this film that helped him to pull off the role. When talking about shooting the movie on the actual location Boothe says, "To me Baseball is a metaphor for life, and to walk on to that field, you felt like it was the real field of dreams. There is a purity to it all. The film is a very familiarly film."
Maybe it is familiar on different levels. This film will reach people on several emotions. The small town setting took me back to my childhood and was a reminder of what other parts of this country still hold dear. So, yeah it is about baseball, but it is about much more.
The Final Season is
Rated PG for language, thematic elements and some teen smoking. This film
is perfect for your entire family and the values and
Matt is a member of the North
Texas Film Critics Association (NTFCA) and co-hosts a weekly radio feature,
The Mungles on Movies, with his wife Cindy.
Review copyright 2007 Mungleshow
Productions. Used by Permission.
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