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124. Field of Dreams

Published April 4, 2011

Fast Facts

Title: Field of Dreams Director: Phil Alden Robinson Year: 1989 Run time: 1hr 37

Background Info

In the mood for something relatively light, we picked this one because… well, I don’t really know why. Mr C and I were both under the impression that we might have seen it before but we could barely remember any of it.

Live Blog

00:02:54 - This isn’t a stunning start to a film, I must say. 00:04:24 - I think walking through crops up to your shoulder must be a bit claustrophobic. 00:04:47 - “If you build it, he will come.” We’re only five minutes in and that’s the whole film right there. 00:07:04 - I always thought it was “they” not “he.” 00:10:08 - I can’t see the wife being too happy about it. 00:13:49 - “If you really feel like you should do this, you should do it.” 00:14:38 - How can it be so exciting building a baseball field that all the neighbours come to watch? 00:16:15 - It must cost a fortune in electricity for those floodlights.**** **00:20:36 **- This is the weirdest film ever. **00:24:38 **- How did they film that? Amazing shot! **00:27:55 **- Iowa is definitely not heaven. No offence. **00:34:08 **- More voices! **00:35:35 **- She’s a pretty cool wife. **00:38:23 **- She’ll fight for him and everything. **00:40:25 **- Why did he decide Terence Mann was the one that needed his help? **00:43:06 **- “Why can’t the voice send somebody else?” **00:44:42 - That’s the theme to Top Gear!** **00:50:03 **- “I’m gonna beat you with a crowbar until you go away.” And yet… it’s amusing and not all that threatening. **00:55:56 **- Considering he managed to convince Mann to come all that way, he probably should just tell him what the voice said. **00:58:07 **- What other film would have the Bodyguard and Darth Vadar going on a road trip? **01:05:34 **- No one told me there was going to be time travel! **01:11:45 - “I play baseball.” No kidding. ****01:15:27 **- They just keep the lights on all the time? No wonder they’re bankrupt. 01:19:46 - What is loading the bases? **01:24:58 **- He will come, people will come. I’m not hearing “they.” Did I make that up? **01:28:22 - The doctor came from the other side of the line though. He was young then. Why would it make a difference now? ****01:41:20 **- That is quite a lot of people. What are they going to do with them all?


Conclusions

This gets off to a slow start, and gradually builds in both humour and weirdness. I like that there are a couple of laugh out loud moments without it specifically being a comedy. I must say, by the end, I had to sort of give up following the ins and outs of the story and just go with it, but even so, it was still good.

I don’t know much about baseball, but I don’t think you really need to. The bases thing was the only bit where I didn’t really understand.

After a bit of research, it turns out that “they will come” is one of the top ten misquoted film lines so at least I am not the only one.

Rating: 35

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