An intimate portrait of a misunderstood American icon, this emotional and uplifting documentary about Yogi Berra takes us beyond the caricatures and “Yogisms,” and into the heart of a sports legend whose unparalleled accomplishments on the baseball diamond were often overshadowed by his off-the-field persona.
KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Mikella G. comments, “It Ain’t Over is a captivating inspirational documentary that highlights an important story, and really connected with me. I definitely felt moved and more knowledgeable afterwards.” See her full review below.
It Ain’t Over Mikella G., KIDS FIRST!, age 16
It Ain’t Over is a captivating inspirational documentary that highlights an important story, and really connected with me. I definitely felt moved and more knowledgeable afterwards.
This film tells the story of Yogi Berra (Lawrence Peter Berra), an Italian immigrant who had a talent for baseball from a young age. Although he had an outstanding ability to catch balls, he was extremely unappreciated in the sports industry when he first started out. Yogi didn’t exactly fit the image of a stereotypical NBA star at the time, but he didn’t let that stop him. After many rocky patches, Yogi eventually found a home with the New York Yankees, where he managed to work his way to a top position, and became one of the best players in baseball history.
I really appreciate the structure of the film; it’s easy to follow and gives a lot of insight about Yogi as a person. Throughout the film are interviews with people from Yogi’s life, including his close family and friends. These are people that knew him personally and their input helps create a strong foundation for the film. It helped me get a better understanding of who Yogi was, and the positive effect that he left on people. Additionally, the storytelling is strong. The film incorporates so many important details of Yogi’s life in such an honest way. There are examples of people such as Jackie Robinson, who he really helped and respected. This documentary is going to make the world remember Yogi Berra in a positive and bright way, which defines who he was. The cinematography is outstanding. I really enjoyed the incorporation of archival footage from Yogi’s life, along with present day videos that showcase the evolution of professional baseball.
The film’s message is to always follow your dreams no matter what other people tell you.
I give It Ain’t Over 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. It releases in select theaters on May 12, 2023.