Season of Miracles
Based on the award-winning novel by Rusty Whitener, Season of Miracles follows the Robins, an underdog Little League team through their 1974 season with newcomer and autistic baseball savant, Rafer (Grayson Russell).
2013 Dave Moody and Rusty Whitener
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I read about this movie in 2010 because it was a winner of the Kairos Prize presented by Movieguide and the Templeton Foundation - for the Screenplay writer Rusty Whitener. Oren Aviv, President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Productions speaking at the Movieguide awards as he presented Rusty Whitener his prize called the film "a uniquely compelling drama about a group of twelve year olds and their championship little league baseball season, that is not so much about winning and losing as it is about living and dying." And I agree that the screenplay was the best part of this movie! This Christian-themed dramatic film directed by Dave Moody and starring John Schneider, Grayson Russell, Andrew WIlson Williams, and Nancy Stafford was based on Rusty Whitener's award winning novel - but all the prizes came from judging in Christian or religious categories - you'll admit that sometimes there is less competition there. Still I wanted to see this movie, and the story which was set in Alabama during the 1970s and follows a group of twelve year olds and their championship little league baseball season. I knew that it has a great potential, especially when it was a third feature length movie produced by Elevating Entertainment Motion Pictures in Nashville, hoping that they knew what they're doing. I was so wrong! img]http://www.13.7film.in/img2/seasonof.jpg/img] This movie has some of the worst sound editing in the film history, and acting of the young actors was probably suitable for the school play, but definitely not for a feature film. I understand that sometimes Christian movies are going into the "preaching mode" but this one went "overdrive" - even as a best part of the movie, this screenplay's dialogue was so lame, that I am starting to wonder if Oren Aviv from Walt Disney Studios ever saw the actual footage of the "prize winning" film. The potential was huge: a life-inspiring story about sportsmanship, friendship, and courage in the face of adversity; an underdog Little League team through their 1974 season with newcomer and autistic baseball savant, Rafer (Grayson Russell); a real team leader Zack (Andrew Wilson Williams) who takes Rafer under his wing despite taunting from their rivals, the Hawks; a Coach (John Schneider), manager Rebecca (Sydney Morgan Layne), and the rest of the Robins encourage Rafer as the team rises towards an unlikely championship season... all that ruined! This movie has been praised by "family-oriented critics" - what that even means? I have a family of four kids, am I family oriented critic or not? Yes, the movie has a positive, inspirational message, but it is delivered in such a bad way that reminds me on those girls who are singing the national anthem that not a living soul on the stadium could recognize it! Those "family-oriented critics" said that this movie inspires the viewer to believe... please, stay away... watching this you won't lose your soul but you will definitely suffer "enjoying" the dialogue, acting and directing!
- panta2, Thursday, November 21, 2013