Sometimes, dreams do come true ! (by steve russell)
Very rarely, you see a film that means one thing when your father is alive, and another when he is dead. When I first saw this movie, my father was still alive, we had not spoken for 8 years, and I thought, cute, but it knows nothing about real life ! When I saw it again, he had been dead for over a year, and I cried like a baby.I'm English, so for me the baseball element was lost, but what did hit home was the awareness that we are all flawed people, and the expectations we have for our parents, are way and beyond what we achieve ourselves as we grow older.The film is not about baseball, <more>
it is about a second chance ! An opportunity to say hiya Dad, I was didn't know then, but I'm older now and understand more about the way the world works.In terms of the film, Cosner has never had a better role, Lancaster as Doc Graham finally showed what a great actor he really was, and James Earl Jones was simply perfect.In short a great film, James Horner's theme music is wonderful, the visuals are fantastic, the acting is as good as you could hope to see.For most this is a feel good movie, for me this is a reminder that it is never too late to make amends, I just miss my Father
I've just joined the club and the first film I felt the need to comment on was this, "Field of Dreams". Why? Because, firstly, it's haunted me since its release and secondly, because it had such a cathartic effect upon me. Like so many young people, I lost my dad when I was in my teens. I was fifteen. I'm fifty-nine now. The lost opportunity, the grief, cling to you like lead. When you need to discuss the paradoxes of this world with someone, you find they are gone. They will not return. Though by no means a perfect film - would we ever really want to see a perfect film? <more>
- it has heart, a centre to it that opens gateways for those bereft, even though unaware, by loss. I remember watching it the first time on the back row of a cinema with my ex-wife - long after back rows had any import - and, at the end, having to physically contain the need to sob uncontrollably. This had never happened to me before unless you go back to Elvis riding into the hills at the end of Flaming Star when I was but a snivelling - and probably dysfunctional - early teen. The movie is a masterpiece in that it lives with you decades after its first viewing. In that you cannot analyse it, breaking it down cynically into manipulative parts. I've seen thousands of films and with each one that I feel has entered my soul I always ask myself, has it reached beyond Field of Dreams? In some respects the answer is yes, yet these are technical analyses of product. I've never had to do that with Field of Dreams. It is itself and defies scrutiny as would Gandhi defy psychoanalysis. It is, to itself, true. The cast are great. To this day, despite much, I like Kevin Costner. My sole concern is, why the hell can't I buy "Shoeless Joe", the novel upon which it was based and which I read in the late eighties? It contains much more background and is, in itself, an absorbing read. Dave Marshall
"...and the memories will be so thick they will have to brush them away from their faces." (by jaws-13)
It's American. It's corny pun intended, I'm sorry . When I stop and think about it, it's laughable but the immutable truth is that this is naively beautiful on almost every frontier. I have watched this film so many times and though inside I know the ladled sentiment should be cringeworthy-especially for a cynic such as I...it somehow never fails to utterly absorb me.Horner's musical score is haunting and mesmerising and adds so strongly to the whole ethereal feeling that this film exudes.The acting is extraordinary in that they pull off corny lines without provoking me <more>
to laughter or cringing, with the possible exception of James Earl Jones speech "...the one constant is baseball...".I even have to admit that Kostner is good painful though it is .You may not like or understand baseball...it doesn't matter. This is not a film about baseball. Its about relationships particularly about father son relationships and it tugs on every heart string.There was a review of this film which first intrigued me enough to watch it several years ago. I cannot remember who said it but if memory serves me well his summation of Field of Dreams was this..."Could you ever really love someone who didn't cry at this film, even just a little?"Nuff said.
Capra meets Serling for 1980's joyously multi genre hankie wetter. (by Spikeopath)
Coming back to Field Of Dreams over 20 years after its release finds this particular viewer beaming with happiness that the warmth I felt way back when still washes over me in the same way. Director Phil Alden Robinson All of Me/Fletch manages to turn W.P. Kinsella's novel, Shoeless Joe, into a multi genre film with deep emotional heart for both sexes to latch on to. It has a beautiful mix of mythology and family values that come together to realise a dream that ultimately rewards those viewers who are prepared to open themselves up to pure fantasy with a deep emotional core.It was <more>
nominated for best picture in 1989 because it struck a cord with so many people, it's not just the thematic heart of the film that delivers, it's also the actors on show who perfectly realise this delightful tale. Kevin Costner is surrounded by great workers in Ray Liotta, James Earl Jones, Amy Madigan and Burt Lancaster, and he wisely lets these actors dominate the scenes that he shares with them, it's something that is an often forgotten good point of Costner's performances; that he is comfortable to let his co-stars dominate important narrative snatches. However, he is the glue that binds the whole film together, it's quite a naturally engaging performance that rightly gave him the star status he would achieve post release of the film.As a born and bred Englishman I don't profess to appreciate just how much a way of life Baseball is to Americans, but I do have my own sports in England that I'm happy to dream the dream with in equal measure, and with that I understand all the themes in Field Of Dreams big time. Most of all, though, I can involve myself with its family values, the dream of dreams, and because it's undeniably pure escapist cinema for those who aren't afraid to let their respective guards down for a wee short while, the rewards are many. With a lush James Horner score evocatively layered over the top of it and John Lindley's photography almost ethereal at times, production is suitably in the fantasy realm.Never twee or over sweet, Field of Dreams is a magical movie in more ways than one. A film that manages to have its cake and eat it and then closes down with one of the most beautiful endings of the 80's. Field of Dreams, still hitting Home Runs after all these years. 9/10
We bought the 15th anniversary DVD of 'Field of Dreams' recently, and watching it all the way through on DVD was quite a treat. I probably saw it on VHS several times over the years, and a few edited versions on TV, but seeing it this way was magical. It is one of my wife's favorite movies. Most viewers know the story by now. Much of the unfolding of the story has to do with mending relationships and helping others achieve unfulfilled dreams. A fine movie, and perhaps the best role of Costner's. The DVD has a number of interesting extras, but I haven't viewed them yet. <more>
Even though the film is from the 1980s, and some grain is noticeable, the transfer to DVD uses a 'superbit' type of high data rate, so we see the images much as they originally were in the theater.March 2014 update: My wife and I watched it again, a fine, magical story.
One reviewer says Hollywood gets a movie right every so often and I agree this one is a classic.I am from north east England and an avid Soccer fan,I know very little about baseball but this does not spoil the film.Its a magic movie .movies were invented for films like this,in the old days Gary Cooper or James Stewart would have played the lead role but Kevin does a great job as does Amy.Another person in his comments concludes with make movies like this and they will come,he's so right lets have films with stories and heart.Thanks Hollywood for this movie.I have just watched this movie <more>
again on a rainy afternoon, it moved me very deeply know matter how many times you watch it,it tugs the heartstrings and makes you very emotional.There is not a single frame of this movie wasted, its a delight to watch.James Earl Jones is excellent along with Ray Liotta.
i first admit,i am a very faithful Costner fan[ and forever will even if the box office underestimate him or he himself underestimate his potential]so whenever a movie shown for him,i just watch...like or dislike..the natural feelings..but i am totally ignorant considering baseball and that great love for it..but that movie touched me from inside..the idea of being content with your past..to have a chance to tell those you love or forgive so..and also to listen to your heart..to go for the idea..to build your own field of dreams..when everything is coming back,but in really a" <more>
better" way not a" bitter" one..i also liked the performance of James Earl Jones..Bert Lancester..and all the crew from the past..it is really great to find this mixture between past and present..reality and dreams..for this mixture,this movie will still vivid inside me..
I literally bawled like a baby at the end of this movie. It is still easily one of my favorites. Kevin Costner makes great movies about baseball, since this one and Bull Durham are both fantastic. I can't describe the emotions you'll feel during the movie's climax, which I won't ruin for anyone who hasn't yet seen the film.Perhaps my own issues with my own father made this movie even more personally emotional to me. Anyone who has ever had issues with a parent needs to watch this.Great performances by James Earl Jones, Amy Madigan, Frank Whaley, Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta <more>
First time I saw this I thought it was only worth watching, but giving it another chance made me think twice and enjoy it much more, from director Phil Alden Robinson Sneakers . Basically Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella Kevin Costner hears a voice in his corn field saying "If you build it, he will come" which was number 39 on 100 Years, 100 Quotes . He realises that it means he needs to build a baseball field, so that the spirits of Shoeless Joe Jackson Ray Liotta and the other seven Chicago White Sox players, all banned from playing in the 1919 World Series. Ray succeeds in getting <more>
them to come, but then another voice tells him "Heal his pain", and he interprets this as finding Boston 60's author Terence Mann James Earl Jones , who missed the chance to see a Red Sox game, which Ray envisioned in a dream. Of course during the game the voice returns with the words "Go the distance", which Terence hears too, and they go to Minnesota to find Dr. Archibald "Moonlight" Graham Burt Lancaster . Ray does meet him, and not long after he and Terence return to Iowa for a baseball game that many other people are believed to come to, they will hear voices too. The ending of the film of course is most memorable, because "he will come" actually referred to the spirit of another baseball player, his father younger John Kinsella Dwier Brown ! The final scene of the film sees Ray eventually ask his Dad for a bit of catching, and in the distance hundreds of car lights approaching. Also starring Amy Madigan as Annie Kinsella, Gaby Hoffmann as Karin Kinsella, Timothy Busfield as Mark and Frank Whaley as Archie Graham. Costner is a good lead, and his supporting actors do well also, it is very heart-warming fantasy drama story. It was nominated the Oscars for Best Music for James Horner, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium and Best Picture. Kevin Costner was number 93 on The 100 Greatest Movie Stars, and the film was number 9 on The 100 Greatest Tearjerkers for the ending, and it was number 28 on 100 Years, 100 Cheers. Very good!