Dodger fans are apathetic? Arrive late and leave early? Give up on the team when they’re losing?
In the stereotype world of Hollywood, maybe it’s taken a documentary by a Hollywood guy to try to straighten out the rest of the baseball world.
“Bluetopia: The L.A. Dodgers Movie,” which had its Hollywood premiere Saturday night and is available for sale starting Tuesday for $19.99 (find it at Amazon.com linked here) or at the Dodger Stadium store) found an odd cast of L.A.-centric characters to relive the 2008 season through.
Perhaps they don’t live next to you. But they live among you. In that section right there where you’re sitting and trying to watch the game. They’re the people you’re stepping over to get to the concession stand.
The guy who owns the True Blue tattoo parlor. The Burbank detective and his son. The man losing his wife to cancer. The little kid seeing his first game. The former gang member trying to follow the lead of a local heroic priest and straighten out his live, and those among his home boys. The trio of elderly ladies in the pavilion who’ve been coming forever. The batting practice pitcher living his dream every day. The mayor of L.A.’s media director.
Even the journalists given the chance to interview Vin Scully for the first time, or do the fan quiz each game, or host the radio talk show, or broadcast the games to a Korean language audience. And Roger Owens, the peanut man. They’re all fans at heart, coming from all the diverse areas of L.A., a cultural melting pot converging on the holy ground of Dodger Stadium to unite themselves in blue.
“If anything, this proves that the Dodgers have very loyal fans,” said Mike Tollin, the veteran TV and movie producer who was in attendance at the premiere.
It’s produced by New York-based Bombo Sports & Entertainment (linked here — which has done documentaries on such sports entities as Shawn White, the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Celtics, Chelsea soccer (called “Blue Revolution”), mixed-martial arts and the world poker tour — and directed by Timothy Marx, who worked with Tollin on the HBO show “Arliss” as well as “Entourage.”
“Bluetopia” also includes some interesting footage of Clayton Kershaw’s rookie season and Manny Ramirez’s arrival to L.A., and the impact all that had. There’s plenty for Vin Scully fans, as well as clips to move the storyline from Charley Steiner, Rick Monday and other journalists who follow the team.
A Utopian view of the Dodgers organization? Maybe, in some ways. But if you’re not feeling a bond to Dodger fans after watching this, you’ve missed the point.
The true reviews should come from the true Dodger fans. After Saturday night’s premiere at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, we have a few to share:
Here’s one at True Blue LA.com (linked here) that points out some of the highlights and some lowlights.
Here’s another from Jon Weisman, the DodgerThoughts.com creator and Daily Variety writer who’s featured in it (linked here)
Another review of it from an MLB.com writer (linked here)