great movie, and is an outstanding
form of popular culture. There are many different events that take
place throughout this film that show this.
Field of Dreams
stars Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones. Costner plays a guy named
Ray who, one day while working in his corn field, hears a voice. The
voice tells him, ?If you build it, he will come.? After he hears the
voice a few times he tears down his corn field, and builds a baseball
field. Jones plays a retired author named Thomas Mann. Mann hears
these voices also, and understands what Ray is going through.
Reluctantly Mann goes along with Ray. After awhile old members of the
White Sox, who got banned from baseball for life, appear out of the
corn field. They now have a chance to play ball again. Mann ends up
going back into the corn with the players in the end.
This movie is
more than just a movie about a sport. It has many other significant
meanings. First of all, this film shows loyalty between Ray?s wife
and him. Most wives would think their husbands were crazy if they
told them they heard voices, which were telling them to build a
baseball field. It?s going to take a ton of money, and also a lot of
knowledge on how to go about doing it. It show how she believed in
him when no one else would listen. She stuck by her husband like a
wife is supposed to do, and gave him support when needed. I believe a
lot of Americans liked seeing that type of commitment between two
people, especially in a world where it?s not as prevalent as it
The second point
this film shows is how much Ray loves baseball. Baseball has been a
major part of American society and culture since the late 1800?s. It
is known as America?s pastime. Throughout the film it is made very
evident of the love Ray displays for the great game of baseball. The
amount of money he spends to make the field says enough. One scene
shows Ray on a tractor as he is plowing a field in preparation for
the building of the stadium. His daughter is sitting on his lap. She
is asking him all kinds of questions about baseball, and Ray answers
all of them in a way that you can tell he loves talking about it.
Another scene shows him driving across the country to find help for
what he is doing. The sacrifices he makes for the game are
incredible. Being a huge baseball fan this movie shows everything
that is right about baseball. It shows that it is a game, and should
be played for the fun of it.
The third point
this film makes is it allows the dreams of the players to live on.
People having dreams is what makes the world happen. Without having a
dream no one goes anywhere. In this film members of the old White Sox
team that got banned from baseball are able to get back into the
game, and once again live out the dreams and fantasies of playing the
game they love. It kind of gives people hope, in a sense, not to give
point this film makes is in the world of relationships. The film
shows the relations between a father and son. Ray finds out that one
of the players who comes back to play is his father. He realizes that
is what the voice was telling him. His father was the one who would
come back if he built the field. While he was growing up he didn?t
have the greatest relationship with his father. His father died while
he was at a rather young age. Ray is aware that it is his father.
Ray?s father is young so he has no idea he is his son. That didn?t
matter though. Just to know that his father is back once again is
enough for Ray. This is a problem many people in the world face. Lots
of fathers and sons don?t have good relationships with each other.
There are many reasons for this. This movie is one that people can
relate with in a way. Many times there are things left unsaid when
one dies. This could influence people to make things happen while the
opportunity is still there, and to not waste the time they have.
In conclusion I
would just like to say that while there are many aspects of the film
industry that are bad for society, this film shows nothing but good
things about the film industry. Like I said previously, it is more
than just a movie about a sport. It goes greater in depth with
different situations. These are situations people can relate with,
and that they care about. This is a good example of popular culture.
I do not feel as though it exploits or distracts people from other
forms of culture, however. Some movies obviously do, but this is not
that type of film.
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