`And is there enough magic out there in the moonlight to make this dream come true?` `doc graham`
To call this movie magical may seem redundant,but never has a movie so encapsulated the feelings of hope,nostalgia and yes magic,as perfectly as this.
the plot,which revolves around iowa farmer Ray Kinsella hearing voices telling him to build a baseball diamond where his cornfields are,could have been so much hokum in the hands of a lesser director and cast.
yet with everybody involved delivering career best performances,it is instead,a movie which grabs your heart from the first minute and will remain there forever,yes,its that good!
director Phil Alden Robinson creates an atmosphere of mystery yet never loses sight of the humour and emotional depth which propels the story to its heartwarming,yet never cloying,climax.
kevin costner stars as ray kinsella and has never been more likeable.he exudes star quality and shows the kind of warmth which is sadly lacking in many of his later movies.the highest praise i can give him is to say that not even the great jimmy stewart or spencer tracy could hold a candle to this performance.
the supporting cast,from amy madigan to ray liotta to the irrepressible james earl jones are all uniformly superb.not a single wrong note from anybody which showed in the movies rightful nomination for best picture of 1989.
But the highest praise goes to one of the great hollywood stars of the past. Burt Lancaster was in his late 70s when he payed the role of doc `moonlight` graham,yet in only 2 scenes,walked away with the movie. his performance is breathtaking,heartbreaking and yet embued with such passion and sincerity that every second he is on screen,is a priviledge to see.
i asked the question at the start of this review,now my answer is this...
.hopefully there is, because without our dreams,we are nothing...and dont we all need a little magic now and then?