A hero’s journey is an important aspect of any movie. Sports films give a good indication of how the hero’s journey is trying to be portrayed. In the movie “The Rookie” is a 2002 film starring Dennis Quaid as Jim Morris who is a small town teacher finds himself playing baseball for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays farm system after an open tryout. Directors go through the journey closely isolate each particular aspect giving clear indication from one transition to the next.
The beginning of the film gives clear showing of the ordinary life. The film starts off with Jimmy playing catch in his front yard picturing himself pitching a no hitter in his first game in the big leagues. With his father in the Navy his family moves to Virginia, Florida, and eventually west Texas chasing still chasing his dreams of the major leagues. Jimmy Morris has a normal life and family with his wife and three children. He is a high school chemistry teacher in Texas who coaches their high school baseball team, the Big Lake Owls. The Owls are not a very successful team that isn’t getting many wins. The film opens well showing implications of Morris setting down after his once shot playing major league baseball.
While in batting the team discovers that Morris still has the fastball at the age of 35 with better velocity now than when he was in his twenties. Once the team is shown how hard Morris is throwing, they urge him to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays tryout. Morris resisting to the call of adventure announces if the team can win districts he will go to the tryout. The team miraculously wins their district championship so against Morris’s will him and his kids make the trip. Another reason in Morris resistance in belief in him own abilities. While throwing a ball at a speed meter he sees 68 mph, while Morris goes to retrieve the disgusted the sign lights up to 98 mph. One final example of resisting the call of adventure is once they get to the tryout is patience in confidence. After waiting and his son’s persistence to staying running out Morris is leaving right when he gets the call. The film does an amazing job in all of the different aspects of portraying how bad Morris tries to stay away from the tryout. Even after getting the phone call announcing the team wanted a second tryout and later for him to join he is anxious to join with a family at home and not getting the approval from his father. His father never believed in baseball because there were more important things in life. With his father Jim Morris Sr. quoted saying, “It’s Ok to think about what you want to do until it’s time to start doing what you were meant to do”.
After taking the leap and joining the Devil Rays farm system with the Double AA Orlando Rays he quickly realizes the age difference compared to the rest of the team. One player in...