Sometimes, artistry has to be taken into account. One such case in point is Barry Levision's The Natural, arguably the best baseball movie ever made. The film works not because it is flawless in its depiction of what transpires on the diamond more on a significant mistake laterbut because it captures the spirit of the game at a time when baseball truly was the National Pastime.
Watching The Natural, it's possible to see all that is great about baseball - the chess match between managers, the poetry of a ball in flight, the exhilaration of a comeback. By immersing itself in baseball lore and mythology, The Natural becomes a celebration of a game that has since turned into a playground of cynicism and money-grubbing.
It's very possible not to appreciate a baseball game; the same cannot be said about this production. Roy Hobbs never lived. In fact, Hobbs is closer to a comic book superhero or the protagonist of a gallant fable than to any man who ever had success between the lines.
Not only can Hobbs play, but he has character and principles - two things in increasingly short supply with athletes. He's the best parts of Ruth, Gehrig, and Ty Cobb all rolled into one, without the womanizing, drinking, and racism.
Hobbs isn't perfect - his flaws become important to the movie's storyline - but he's the kind of individual I wouldn't mind as a role model for my son.
The film's early scenes depict snapshot events from the youth of Roy Hobbs - playing catch in the fields with his father, carving his own bat named "Wonderboy" from the wood of a tree split open by lightning, striking out big-league ballplayer "The Whammer" on three pitches.
Then, on his way to a tryout with Chicago, Hobbs Robert Redford encounters Harriet Bird Barbara Hersheya deranged woman who is on a mission to kill "the best" in every sport.
She sets her sights on Hobbs, lures him to her hotel room, then shoots him in the stomach with a silver bullet.
The injury puts Hobbs' baseball career on hold for a long time. He vanishes into obscurity, only to emerge 16 years later as a thirty-something rookie for the New York Knights. When his new manager, grumpy Pop Fisher Wilford Brimleysees him, he comments, "You don't start playing ball at your age, you retire.
Once he gets into the line-up, Hobbs is unstoppable, hitting home run after home run. He's an instant sensation, and sports writer Max Mercy Robert Duvall wants to know where he comes from and why he has never been heard from before. Meanwhile, the Knights' owner, the Judge Robert Proskydangles the lure of a long-term contract in front of Hobbs if he makes sure that the Knights don't make it to the playoffs.
It seems that the Judge has a deal with Pop - if the Knights miss the pennant, Pop has to sell his share of the team to the Judge.
Hobbs refuses to agree to anything underhanded, which makes him the target of sly manipulation by gambler Gus Sands Darren McGavin and his girl, Memo Paris Kim Basinger.
The overriding theme of The Natural is that of redemption admittedly, a common theme not only in baseball movies, but in all sports films. One swing of the bat can make a goat into a hero or a hero into a goat, and the production or the lack thereof of a lifetime can mean little compared to the success or failure in the clutch.
Or Joe Carter, whose solid career was capped off by the series-ending home run that gave the Toronto Blue Jays the victory over the Philadephia Phillies in Baseball is all about redemption, and how every batter gets to tries at it in each season. The Natural focuses on the redemption of Roy Hobbs, who figures out that he has something to prove - and sets out to do it.Susan Granger’s review of “Rock the Kasbah” (Open Road) Bill Murray is amusing – albeit briefly – as Richie Lanz, a once-famous, ‘60s-era music manager who now operates out of .
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