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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…
Every Friday afternoon I will glance at the clock near me and do a quick calculation of the minutes remaining in my work day, and thus the countdown begins. Leaving work and heading home to the people I love, the television I watch and the Blu-ray collection I worship is always a terrific moment regardless of the day of the week, but man, nothing beats a Friday on the cusp of a lazy, relaxing weekend.
This particular Friday, each passing minute felt like a tiny step towards something even more special and I could barely contain my excitement. Sunday is Easter and I get to experience the amazing moment when my daughter discovers what the bunny left her, a reminder…
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.
Taking a ridiculously manipulative storyline about Kevin Costner hearing voices causing him to build a baseball field for dead baseball players while questioning his own purpose yet taking it seriously, Field of Dreams works on all levels of filmmaking. It's cast, from Kevin Costner, to James Earl Jones, to Ray Liotta, and even Burt Lancaster hit all the right notes in making such a story work, it's direction and atmosphere hit the down home level of nostalgic innocence spot-on, the themes regarding regrets and second chances are strong enough to many anyone with such issues weep at what's happening on screen, and the score from the late James Horner gives the feel of what the characters are going through.
Field of Dreams taps into life’s unjustified outcomes, leaving many of its victims in deep regret and yearning of nostalgia. Its protagonist, Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner), is introduced to us in immediate fashion, via a photobook-like exposition, of his childhood, the core relationships that presently define him, and the journey that led him to his position now as a stable farmer with his wife, Annie (Amy Madigan), and his daughter, Karin (Gaby Hoffmann). It was here that the film’s ideas become apparent, understanding that this story, despite its spiritual and absurd premise, is held tightly by the emotions that linger underneath Ray towards his past, the bond between himself and his father that was severed through isolation and misunderstanding.
So while I was watching this, I got to thinking about whether or not the baseball diamond would have that much of an affect on the amount of planting acreage for the Kinsella farm, particularly whether or not the affect would be great enough to place a financial burden on them, so much so that they would risk losing their farm. I looked up how many acres a baseball diamond is, and then I looked up what the profit per acre corn yields. I was fully ready to share my knowledge here regarding whether or not the baseball diamond would actually be a financial burden, but then about the third act of this film I realized what I was doing.…
This is one of those "100% fat free" movies. It grabs you from the opening and not a second is wasted on anything obligatory.
This really is much more that a baseball film, not sure why it took me so long to see it. A charming film with an emotional ending that I loved.
Waiting for the Shyamalan remake where Costner was dead the whole time
Baseball players as children of the corn.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
There's a reason this is set in a cornfield.
Ok, I tried. I really tried to allow this movie to work it's magic. And I was enjoying it's quirky sentimental nonsense in the first half. At least that part had a lighter laughing at itself touch. But it went downhill in the second half. And it's pandering score was threatening to derail the whole thing. It's just as well it has Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones because without them this is a schmaltzy mess. If this is what dreams are made of, I'll stick to reality. I will say one thing though. I have a feeling this is the sort of movie that could get any rating on any…
"If you build it, he will come."
An Iowa corn farmer, unsatisfied with his lot, one days hears a voice in the corn field saying, "If you build it, he will come." Taking it as a sign to build a baseball diamond on his property, he sets about his project with passion.
First of all, this is not really a film about baseball so don't let that put you off. Sure, it has baseball as a central character but it's actually about dreams, inspiration, love, loss and redemption. Kevin Costner is immensely affable as the humble farmer and carries this thoughtful, compelling story, although there's some decent support from Ray Liotta and James Earl Jones. Splendid stuff - and I defy you not to cry at the end.
I had seen it at some point in my childhood, but only had a few vague memories of the movie, knew it was a best picture nominee, box office hit, so going in I expected a cliché, safe movie. Man was I wrong. Though I didn't love it, as an atheist didn't connect with the faith allegory, I have the give the filmmakers some credit for making something so nutty, out there, even if the storytelling was more generally crowd-pleasing than the story. No matter my issues with the film, I admire how far afield the filmmakers were allowed to go, it's nice to see an old Burt Lancaster, but the MVP of the movie has to go to James Earl Jones, he is so damned good here, really raised my spirits every time he came on screen.
Innocent Hollywood fluff.
Almost anyone picks this as their favorite Kevin Costner movie and for good reason. There are really three stories in this movie and all are used effectively the ending also packs a powerful punch. It was also cool to see James Earl Jones in a live action movie as well. Also we cannot forget that terrific score by the late great James Horner (RIP).
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…