I’m not much of a fan of melodrama or Douglas Sirk, so it’s odd that the love story segment of this remind me of All That Heaven Allows, yet I enjoy this movie. It’s pretty much that I’m a sucker for baseball and this has very good game sequences (hell, we see a whole game) and Sam Raimi makes great use of story structure by cutting between the Costner perfect game and his flashbacks of his love story. This is also perfectly cast for the announcer, having Vin Scully call the game while sounding as natural as he would when he would call live Dodger games.
I think I didn’t have the best impressions of this movie in the past because of the ‘80’s aesthetic and there is a little ‘80’s flute and synth in the score. I may have turned a bit on Field of Dreams and kind of wish it could be made now but with the same cast (at the same ages). Some of the dialogue isn’t that great but man is the story amazing, I’m not sure there’s another movie that is…
Greta Gerwig hits it out of the park with her directorial debut. My family and I happen to be moving to Sacramento this summer so it's especially great to see the city that my baby son will be growing up in. Most of the movie the city is shot with a little extra sunlight to make it look washed out and run down, but by the end there is a montage that shows the city in a livelier, more colorful…
I didn’t realize this would be such a tear jerker on rewatch after all these years. This has really aged well compared to other baseball movies from the ‘80’s and early ‘90’s because there is zero synth on the score (thanks, Hans Zimmer). The story of supportive friendship between the characters played by Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell is very real, touching, funny, and oddly women’s relationships in movies like that still feel more rare than they need to be.