Baseball isn't a favourite of mine but I do love an inspiring sport movie. I had read good things about it and the director has some pedigree.
In all honesty I was left disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but it seems to drag for long sections and as if to labour the point that life will always bring you back down from the highs, there are sections that seem to repeat themselves - as in Sugar (the main character) achieves something positive and then crash, he screws up. And so on and so on.
The film is long and for me has no real conclusion. I'm sure this is so that you can decide his future, a talking point in the pub perhaps, but that doesn't sit well with me. It strikes me as a bit cowardly on the part of the director to leave the character in limbo. Especially when you've invested so much time in it...
Ultimately I enjoyed it but it is a challenging watch - and not all for good reasons. Just a note - much of the film is subtitled. The main character is likeable overall and is supported with a good cast and some nice scene shooting.
Hard work but enjoyable overall.