Thursday, June 12, 2008

If You Build It, He Will Come: Field of Dreams + Major League Baseball

A family screening of Field of Dreams will turn everyone into baseball believers, as even those who eschew the mythic power of the game will be won over by Kevin Costner's magical performance. The film, which hearkens back to a simpler time without being corny, portrays one dreamer's persistence -- a message that translates to every generation. When farmer Ray Kinsella (Costner) hears a gentle voice whispering "If you build it, he will come," he defies logic by tearing up his cornfield, his only source of income, to build a baseball field. It's a gorgeous vision, but decidedly loopy; yet, our kids went along with Costner's dream and cheered when Shoeless Joe Jackson (and the rest of his blacklisted Chicago Black Sox team) showed up to play a few glorious games in the Iowa night. There's nothing like a dream come true, and this film's hopefulness hit us all right in the hearts.

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