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Great if you like baseball.....Average if you like Costner
on 27 November 2000
I have been a fan of the Costner "sport" movies (Field of Dreams, Tin Cup etc) for a long time and looked forward to seeing this. Unfortunately as much as I tried to like this movie, I found it too long and with too much emphasis on the Baseball elements, which is great if you like the game, but I just wonder about European audiences. It centres on Billy Chapel, who, in rapid succession, is presented with a number of live-changing choices, Does he follow his girlfirend to London and a new life, does he prolong his baseball career and finally does he opt to finish his last game in glory. The film is full of flashbacks as he reviews last few years of his life. And those flashbacks also present a problem for the film, it causes it to lack continuity and comes across somewhat muddled. Having said that the performances are good from Costner & Preston. But if you are looking for soulsearching impact of Field of Dreams, or the triumphalism over the final scenes of Tin Cup, you will be dissappointed. Finally if you love baseball, you will love this, if you don't you may find it too slow and drawn out. I did my best to like it, but ultimately was dissappointed.