A weird but satisfactory proposal
First of all, I must say that I'm not a fan of baseball and even I'm not interested in this sport. In fact, when I watched the movie I didn't know that the story has some relation with baseball. But, as it has been told in another review, baseball is more some kind of background although it's always present. For me, "Green minds, metal bats" is a story about three misfits with something in common: they love baseball. Two men and a woman. The guys, still young but old for being the sports idols that they could have been if luck would have smiled at them a decade ago. The girl, drunken and aggressive but sexy as hell and fan of baseball, also in love (in her way) with one of the guys. It is a weird kind of comedy, written and shot in a very Japanese style (including some strange situations and freak secondary characters, like the son of the mayor of the town) and slow paced. About main characters, they are not specially likable: one of the guys seems a little dumb (because a stroke he received in the head ten years ago), the another one is an insignificant but corrupt cop and impossible husband, and the girl shows an unbearable temperament specially when she drinks over the top (although she is still sexy as hell, did I say it?). But, here is the magic, we finish empathizing with them. The dumb guy is admirable in his purpose to get the "ultimate swing", the odious little cop is still able to give a chance to an old friend, and the drunken and selfish chick loves and respect her partner (but probably he never will know it, she is that kind of "bad good girl" hiding her real feelings with a bottle of whiskey and some tough manners). It is a little movie, bizarre but nice and lovely in its unconventional way. The end is optimistic and pleasant. Losers deserve to be happy too!
- Mar 2, 2012
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