I admire women. In my personal life, women had been a great influence in my development as a person and an inspiration to become a better man.
That admiration translates to my love of movies and video games. I love strong female characters on both genres since I believe that, if done right, they can have the most depth and be more interesting than their male counterparts.
When I watched A League of Their Own for the first time, I was confused of what I was watching. Is it a sports movie? Is it a comedy? Why are they crying? Is that Tom Hanks? My fascination with this movie started when I was 12 years old and one thing was for sure, I had a blast every time it was on T.V.
Little by little I started to be more aware of its message and the strong performances of the actors and actresses. This movie, even though is centered in the struggle of women to try to find their place in a world "exclusively" tailored for men, finds an excellent balance with the performance from the male actors.
Tom Hanks and Geena Davis are outstanding every time they interact with each other. David Strathairn as Ira Lowenstein (the man in charge of the Women's Baseball League and the man that supported them all the way) shows a lot of heart for just a supporting character. Jon Lovitz as Ernie Capadino, the league's recruiter, showing that he doesn't care if you are a girl or a boy. If you can throw the ball, you are in.
And the main stars of the movie, the Rockford Peaches, are just as memorable.
Betty Spaghetti, Ellen Sue (I still have a crush on her!), Mae & Doris, Marla Hooch (Hooch!), Evelyn & her son Stillwell Angel. Well, every character has its moment and, man, if they make it count.
I like this movie because it doesn't try to preach on the strength of women or tries to define certain type of person. A woman is already defined by what she is, a human being. World War II was the setting for this movie and both men and women had a battle to fight. This movie just showed us the battle at home.
Also, normally we are used to sports movies with male leading characters but this movie prove that women can also portray athletes with the same intensity.
Just like the previous articles in the #5DayMovieChallenge, I will list three scenes that I absolutely enjoy. I wish I could just put the whole movie here for you to enjoy but if you have the chance and you haven't seen it before, do yourself a favor and give it a shot. You won't regret it.
Scene 1 - "There's No Crying in Baseball"
Scene #02 - "The Hard is What Makes It Great"
Scene #03: "Ellen Sue! One More! One More!"
Funny, motivational, highly quotable, full of heart. This movie has it all. And every time I watch the movie, I feel like it's always the first time I do.
Well, there you have it. Thank you very much for your time and I hope you enjoy the read.