— Kevin Hagopian, Penn State University April 21, 1989: No matter how hard Universal Pictures tries to hide it, "Field of Dreams" is a baseball movie. In "Field of Dreams" he returns to life when an Iowa farmer (played by Kevin Costner) tears up his cornfield to build a baseball diamond. It’s also about lost dreams, generational ties and discovering magic in the back yard.
And you, the kid in the seats along the first-base line with your father, are not a mere spectator in this human comedy.
There they stand, muscles moving subtly under their numbered jerseys, talking easily with one another, jogging up the steps of the dugout, loosely swinging a cluster of bats in the sunshine, casually jerking batting practice home runs into the distant bleachers.
At the end, the film's disturbing reaffirmation of capitalism as a kind of American spirituality is jarring, but even that is oddly fitting.
can be rightly criticized for its sentimentality, and its willingness to resolve the most vexing human problems through a ballgame with the Mount Olympus All-Stars.