The movie is about a man (Ray...played by the one and only Kevin Costner) who hears a voice in his corn field in Iowa. The voice tells him 'If you build it, he will come'...referring to a baseball field and some old baseball players from America's past. He does and it turns out the voice wasn't lying.
The movie is basically centered around baseball in the same way The Big Lebowski is centered around the other great all American pastime of bowling.
By using baseball as a theme and setting the movie can transcend into other themes and thoughts on the American dream & nostalgia for the game, a requiem for the counter culture movement of the 60s and a tale of family relationships....
' I think it's more than just about the field like the movie was - it wasn't really just about baseball.' (Ray Liotta - who played 'Shoeless Joe Jackson')
Any film with the tag line like 'If you believe the impossible, the incredible can come true'
is going to come across as a bit lame and wet, and It is easy to call this movie a cheesy bit of Hollywood filmmaking. But this is like the best cheese on toast with extra Lea & Perrrins Worcester Sauce....it cant get much better. Literally...James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Burt Lancaster, the baseball uniforms and the fields of Iowa are the Worcester Sauce to Kevin Costner's romanticized all American wholesome family cheese....together....knocking it out the park!
and baseball is just pretty cool...
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