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Field Of Dreams.1989.Phil Alden Robinson

November.28.2009

Dream storylines for a grown-up is usually a no-no when creating films especially if it sounds juvenile and unrealistic. Especially if that was made today, something with fantasy content might be considered childish and the film might lose its touch. With the heyday of Kevin Costner in Hollywood, I guess this one managed to slip off that dilemma and this is considered one of the top guy-cry films of all time.

Based on a novel by W.P. Kinsella, Shoeless, we start at the story of a man named Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner), a farmer, who heard a whisper, “If you build it, he will come” while walking through his farm-field. So with that, the whisper pestered him and he gave in and created what he sees in his vision.

The film could’ve started with the fantasy-reality films; one example in this is the film Big Fish, where the viewer is initially surprised with imaginary baseball players participating in the baseball diamond or field. It was one of those films wherein if you didn’t believe in the fantasy then you wouldn’t believe or enjoy the film at all.

With a setting in a farm, the film might look slow but with the adventure provided by Phil Alden Robinson, the director; it proved that this was an enjoyable adventure trip up until the end.

Guys should see this film. With the limited drama provided for the male population, this is a good watch and I guess the female population would want to watch it with their male counterparts.

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