So I think I’ve been living under a rock because I literally had no idea this movie was about baseball. I thought this movie was about aliens. I also thought Kevin Costner was going to be the 20-something hunky male lead who falls in love with the beautiful 20-something female costar while fighting aliens in his corn field, when instead he’s the married man with a daughter traveling the world collecting old people so he can bring them to his baseball field of ghosts. How was I this off-base about a movie’s context? I was literally sitting on my couch, by myself, stress eating Swedish fish, talking out loud at the tv asking it priceless questions to no avail! “Where is this voice coming from? Where are the aliens? Who are these baseball players? Since when has there been baseball in Iowa? Why does a Kevin Costner’s wife believe him? Is this Shutter Island?”
After getting over the fact that this movie is not about aliens in a cornfield, I actually really enjoyed it. The movie has an amazing soundtrack, Kevin Costner is as beautiful as ever, and Ray Liotta is way cuter as a baseball player than a mafia leader. However, like all great movies, it does have its setbacks. Here’s a short list of just a few things that you have to accept as facts so you can enjoy the movie and not be as confused as me:
1) One man can build an entire baseball stadium by himself in less than 2 minutes of film time
2) God talks to Kevin Costner in riddles
3) Corn fields are apparently Iowa’s version of a gold mine
4) Ghosts really desperately want to play baseball
5) Ghosts can make physical contact with real life people
6) James Earl Jones is a prophet and gets invited to heaven like freaking Elijah
As you can see, there are a handful of things that you just have to accept as truth before you can truly enjoy this film. However that’s what makes this movie special and also kid friendly. Because kids believe anything to be true if you just say it with enough Moxy.
Popcorn Rating: 4 popped corns
Highly recommend to watch without Swedish fish near you.