Field of Dreams
If you believe the impossible, the incredible can come true.
Ray Kinsella is an Iowa farmer who hears a mysterious voice telling him to turn his cornfield into a baseball diamond. He does, but the voice's directions don't stop -- even after the spirits of deceased ballplayers turn up to play.
"If you build it, he will come".
There are movies that have an effect on you no matter what sort of mood you're in. Phil Alden Robinson's "Field Of Dreams" has had me in tears every time I've watched it. Unfairly described as a Baseball film, it's so much more than that.
Kevin Costner was in the middle of his heyday back in 1989 when this magical movie hit the cinemas. Magical you say? Well what would you call a film where an Iowa farmer hears voices in his cornfield and then plays Baseball with dead former legends of the game. It's a movie that shouldn't have worked, but with Robinson's tender touch giving the film more than a little…
“Is this heaven?”
I’ve watched Field of Dreams a gabillion and two times, but never through a critical eye. So it wasn’t until today that it transcends that typecast so many put on it. It tells a great story through the medium of baseball but isn’t about baseball; but it is also very light and can be digested by anyone that watches it, that’s one thing that makes this great. It’s the story of a man and his midlife crisis that wants to avoid turning into his father. But it’s running away that brings them closer than ever before.
I want to address the films detractors before praising this film. The acting, aside from the main three characters (Ray, Joe,…
Still love this.
This time i watched it thinking that Costner and his family are all lunatics. Recklessly building a baseball park in the middle of a field which is costing his family home. They then convince unwitting good people that there is ghosts playing baseball there. All these good people go along with it as they are terrified of what this dangerous family will do. Costner makes Earl Jones go by pretending he has a gun. He has no choice as there is no saying what the mentally deranged Costner is going to do next. Perhaps I have taken it too literally and the whole thing actually takes place in a lunatic asylum and all the goings on are…
In Brass Eye, chubby racist Bernard Manning describes a boy who "cried all the water out of his body", after taking the drug Cake.
Field of Dreams is Cake in cinematic form.
So much pain just got eased.
The Good: Charismatic turns by Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, and Burt Lancaster. Even the little girl is so darn adorable.
The Bad: Mawkish. Manipulative. Corny. Contrived. Ridiculous. (I swear I felt really close to puking actual rainbows.)
The Bottom Line: This movie's fucking high. Kevin Costner is fucking high. (In the film, his character claims he never dropped acid, but I highly doubt it.) I really hate this film, yet, for some reason, I just couldn't hate it. That... That doesn't make sense. Great, now I'm high too. Fuck...
"Sentimental Claptrap" b/w "I Cried" 7"
[NB: I did not only cry because of Burt Lancaster.]
As an Iowan, I'm obligated to love it. Fortunately, it's a highly unpredictable, enjoyable, and amusing comedy. This might be Kevin Costner's best performance in my book.
Phil Alden Robinson was definitely channeling more than a little bit of his inner Frank Capra when he directed Field of Dreams, the beloved, sweet little baseball fantasy from 1989. Starring Kevin Costner as the endearingly dweeby Ray Kinsella, a farmer who hears a voice instructing him to build a baseball diamond in the middle of his cornfield ("If you build it, he will come."), the film asks the audience to suspend all notions of reality for a little while and enjoy the ride. It's got such a sincere story to tell and the cast is having such a great time (Amy Madigan and James Earl Jones especially) that it's near impossible not to be moved by the ending. One of the pinnacle father-son movies, Field of Dreams is far from perfect, but it's a wonderful, sentimental journey.
The ultimate male weepie.
Der Baseball als Sportart hat nur bedingt etwas mit der Story zu tun, um die es hier geht. Es ist ein typischer Hollywood-Film. Manchmal würde man sich wünschen, das Leben wäre so einfach. Das Wasser steht einem bis zur Oberkante Unterlippe, aber wir ziehen unser Ding durch, wird schon gut gehen ...
Aber Ok, gerade deswegen mag ich diesen Film, denn er geht um mehr als Baseball. Schaut man sich auch gerne öfter an. Die Blu-ray wurde lieblos zusammengeschustert, es gibt NULL Extras. Das Bild sieht aus wie von DVD hochgerechnet. Aber ich kaufe beine DVD, wenn die Blu ray günstiger ist ...
Toller Film, sollte man sich in jedem Fall anschauen!
3.5 out of 5 (B)
This film could so easily have become 'Field of Corn'; the fact that it didn't is a tribute to the talents of director Phil Alden Robinson, and cast members Kevin Costner (as the guy who builds a baseball field and calls up Shoeless Joe, a player from the past, and eventually comes to terms with his own family troubles at the same time), James Earl Jones (as tetchy writer Terence Mann), and Burt Lancaster (as the jovial gentleman Dr Grahame).
What we have is a plot which, ok, is a bit hard to swallow - especially once a whole ghostly baseball match is created with two complete teams - but it is so well-written you don't quibble with the realities of the Kinsella's situation. It is a fairly touching film without being crushed under the sentimentality that could have so easily crept in.
This is a deeply emotional and entertaining viewing experience. I know I'm obviously going to be different than others, but I've never seen a film that is as emotional as this one.
The script is outstanding, blending humor, fantasy, and deep meaning. It's a film that's about baseball, but it's about so much more than baseball. It's about family, it's about following one's dreams, it's about growing older.
James Earl Jones and Burt Lancaster in supporting roles provide two of my favorite performances in film history. I love the characters they play and they both do a great job. Kevin Costner is good in the lead role, but nothing spectacular. The worst performance is unquestionably Amy Madigan as his wife; I don't know if they tried to write her as an obnoxious character, but she made her one. Anyways she's really annoying but the movie is still great.
One of my all time favorite movies!