Movie Review: Still, We Believe (2004)


In 2019 I found some old Word documents with movie reviews I wrote back before I had a blog. I’m posting each review backdated to the day I wrote it.

Title: Still, We Believe: The Boston Red Sox Movie
Release Date: May 7, 2004
Director: Paul Doyle Jr.
Production Company: Bombo Sports & Entertainment
Summary/Review:

 

With a World Series championship come and gone, it was interesting to re-watch this documentary about the 2003 Boston Red Sox from Spring Training to the heartbreaking homerun by Aaron Freakin’ Boone.  The movie is not really about baseball, and anyone looking for slick highlights or on-the field analysis will be disappointed.  It is a good movie about the fans and how they relate to their team.  Some of the footage captures the players behind the scenes including Pedro Martinez clowning around in the clubhouse, and some insightful interviews with Kevin Millar and Nomar Garciaparra.  But mostly, we don’t learn much more about the players than you would get from watching the games and following the news sources.  Better coverage is given to the owners and general manager, with several candid interviews and scenes including Theo Epstein calling a prospect to let him know he’s been traded.  This movie really wins with the fans, following eight Red Sox devotees through the season as they watch game at home, in bars, and in the stands.  Standouts among the cast include “Angry Bill” the ultimate pessimistic baseball fan whose rants are hilarious.  When he suddenly starts speaking positively during game 7 of the ALCS, you know the Red Sox are screwed.  On the other end of the spectrum there is the easy-going firefighter Steve whose soft-spoken charm steals as many scenes as Angry Bill’s rancor.  Finally, there are the self-proclaimed “professional fans” Jessamyn and Erin whose ticket buying strategies, attire, and quirky superstitions define the length of obsession a fan will go to.  The movie has a low-budget feel to it including poor sound quality and inexpert camera work, as well as an annoying over-reliance on time-lapse photography for transitions, but generally this does not detract from the enjoyment of the film.

Rating: ****

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