I’ve sat around for a day now, trying to find the right words to describe what I felt about Milltown Pride. It featured an old school ball, set in the late 1920s during the prohibition period. There were so many references to iconic players of the day, like Babe Ruth and Shoeless Joe Jackson. I thought the production crew did a fantastic job or bringing us back to those days.
When the story isn’t on the field, it gets a little messy. Our main character Will Wright (Thomas Sneed), disappointed his family by leaving home to chase a dream of playing pro ball. He vowed never to drink, only to end up an alcoholic. He still can’t keep his addictions in check, despite meeting the girl of his dreams and scouts coming to the games. You wouldn’t have guessed it from the beginning, but this a profoundly religious movie. There is a lot of talk about being a Christian and following the principles of the Bible.
Will takes one step forward and three steps back daily. It will take him the entire movie to finally get his stuff under control. There is a lot of pressure on him, and he failed to live up to it. It finally took one incident for him to clear his head.
As a period movie, the issues our main characters have to deal with are quite different than today. The church is still a vital part of people’s lives. Courting girls was the only way to actually date and eventually marry. Obviously, alcohol was frowned upon at the time, so it plays one of the most critical elements in moving the story along.
Milltown Proud wasn’t on my radar, I never heard of it in the nine years since it got released. It had specific things I liked and somethings I didn’t. I can’t say that I loved it or hated it. I’m still on the fence about it. 5/10