The underdog story, usually based on true events, is a winning formula that plays up to the audience and never gets old. It sparks a note of hope, triumph and determination, and resonates with audiences worldwide. At least that's what I thought before viewing The Final Season. Never has an uplifting underdog film been so formulaic, dull, trite and uninspiring.Kent Stock (Sean Astin) is invited to assistant coach the last few weeks for the Norway, Iowa high school baseball season, and is thrilled to rejoin his longtime friend and coach Jim Van Scoyoc (Powers Boothe). The state school board decides that, due to costs, it is necessary for the Norway school to be absorbed by the Madison District, thereby ending the Norway baseball team and its 19 years of winning the state championships. When Harvey Makepeace (Marshall Bell) strikes a deal with Scoyoc to allow one more season of baseball provided he retire from coaching, Stock steps up to take over and re-instill pride and determinati…
Come on people, it is what it is. Show me some where else in the US this has been done. I would have preferred to see someone else in the roles of Kent Stock and Jim Van Scoyc, someone who actually cared about the roles, but from someone who grew up in this town, it was very nice that anyone even bothered. Evans does a super job with the baseball scenes. Let it be for God's sake. If you hate it, don't watch! If you like it watch away. Someone cared enough to let us have our little moment in the sun. Maybe someday, you will have one of your own. We lived through all the highs and lows of baseball in Norway, and we enjoyed it all. It's really a shame that some of the older fans who were so devoted to the teams through the years, were not here to see it. That's the tragedy. Maybe another movie will come out soon you can focus your venom on.
This film tells the story of the Norway High School baseball team, who is looking to end their baseball dynasty with their 20th state championship. As an Iowa native, I knew I had to see this film, and I was not disappointed one bit. I will use the same line Boston Celtic legend Larry Bird used when he described the movie Hoosiers "Those guys got it right". A lot of the lessons that Sean Astin's character learns from the old coach are the same lessons that our head coach at Spalding High School taught us. It showed the passion that the people of Norway, just like the fans in many Iowa small towns (Lansing, Granville, Bancroft, etc) will drop everything to go to the games on Friday nights and will travel hundreds of miles to see their teams play for a state championship.
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