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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…
The moment when you realize and accept that your parent(s) aren't just authority figures or breadwinners but people who had unique hopes and dreams, some of which came true, and some of which did not, people who aren't perfect, who don't have the answer for everything, who have scars that they will carry their entire lives, that is what Field of Dreams is.
One of the most corniest, cheesiest, sentimental and emotionally manipulative movies ever made. The circumstances created in this movie are so random and unrealistic, in favor for the protagonist's success of course, that you'd think the entire cast/crew is freakin' high. Unbelievable craziness and Hollywood sentimentalism just reached new heights. Congratulations Hollywood.
“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,…
"Hey, Dad... you wanna have a catch?"
On the unwritten list of "Films it's acceptable for a grown man to cry while watching", Field Of Dreams must be pretty high up.
It pulls every string perfectly and has me uplifted and in tears every time.
Cinematic magic if there ever was any.
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…
Gives cornball a whole new meaning, but how can you not love it? Films like FIELD OF DREAMS keep me from joining the dark side. Philosophically, it's only half of my cup of tea and it's just too saccharine in the end - but I can't find it in me to quibble. You can't beat honesty. Besides, it avoids most of the cliches and obvious narrative pitfalls you'd expect it to fall into, and that is to be admired.
Also: Every young, die hard defender of INTERSTELLAR should see this and give it some thought: When is less really more? How does an audience feel a message, rather than comprehend it? Not that I dislike the Nolan film - I mean just for the record. Being a film-buff should always be an ongoing education.
"If you build it, he will come" I’d forgotten how good this movies is… mainly due to the fact my brother harps on about how much he loves it, to the point that I’d subconsciously made myself dislike the thought of it! :) A perfect film for a lazy Saturday. It’s a fantastical and touching tale that focuses on basic human emotions that leaves you with a lump in your throat and a tear in your eye. Costner seems remarkably believable and I just adore Amy Madigan ever since seeing Uncle Buck. They are a great together and give a grounding to an otherwise bizarre string of events. One of my favourite sports films… definitely up there in my top 5.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Kevin Costner once said he thought of Field of Dreams as the It's a Wonderful Life of his generation and whilst that's not entirely accurate, it certainly aims pretty high. The protagonist is your 'average Joe', who has a safe, comfortable life but must do something meaningful in order to have purpose. So he builds a baseball diamond in the middle of his cornfield essentially to connect with his dead father, a father who raised him solo and perhaps didn't do the best job possible.
Sure it's fairly schmaltzy and there's a fair amount of cheddar here but underneath all of that yellow layering, Field of Dreams possesses a solid serving of heart. And I think that's why the film…
All these years later and still love this film. If you think this is a Baseball movie, you're sadly mistaken.
While there's the on-the-nose allegories, it's so much more than that for me. At the heart of this movie, it's about accepting our parents as more than just authority, but as people. The idea that they have their own hopes and dreams, which most probably do not come true. They aren't perfect, they don't have all the answers and come with their own baggage.
As teenagers, I'm not sure we 100% understand or realize that, and for all this movie is, that's Kevin Costner's struggle here. We all say things we regret and sometimes it can be haunting. Costner's journey of "fixing" that to me was incredibly wonderful.
Sometimes it's a bit strange, but it's 100% committed to what it's doing. And that final scene is just gut wrenching to me. Absolutely love it!
I watched this again a few weeks ago, and seem to watch it on an almost annual basis. I'd debated watching it w/the girls this time through, but decided A) I didn't want to have the "death" conversations with my kids in this context yet (even though we've had to have it a few times and a few Grandma's over...) and B) I thought they might be really, really bored.
I'm still affected by parts of the movie, even so many viewings later, but I've also started to get bored with it, which is too bad. I don't think I'm jaded, and I don't think it's the age of the film, I think it's just that I've seen it so…
It's memorable for a reason and resonates with so many who want to see a heartfelt family film that's pretty good!
Nonsensical, over-sentimental drivel, I couldn't help but cheer for those characters opposing the ridiculous idea of a baseball field.
A good deal of this movie is cheese, but the last ten to fifteen minutes surgically-removes tears from the eyes of any decent American male.
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