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I loved this movie. I have seen it numerous times and every time i see it, its even more exciting. The music is some of the best around as Randy Newman does a great job composing for the movie and it shows in a lot of the scenes. This is a perfect movie to watch no matter if you are a baseball fan or not. Robert Redford brings out the best as Roy Hobbs, making him a believable character. I have felt that this movie has had a profound effect on my life, making me realize how important life can be sometimes.
Although many baseball fans dismiss this film as a "Fairy Tale," I think
that this is part of it's charm. There is just something so "Apple Pie"
about this film that has made it my favorite since I first saw
This is the movie that made Glenn Close my 2nd favorite actress. (If you want to know, Jane Seymour is my No.1) and the scene where the batboy picks out the bat that he and Roy made together never fails to bring me to tears. (OK, so I'm an old softie)
More Movies should imitate this excellent movie with the simplicity of an inspirational topic and the triumph of good over evil. Don't get me wrong, I love a good art cinema flick, but for my money, when Roy Hobbs homers for the last time, assuring his victory over the evil forces of the commercialized money-driven Judge, there is no better film ending. Some of the scenes can be a little hokey at times, but nostalgia is for the most part blended masterfully with the tale of Hobbs's return to the bigs, accompanied by his faithful bat, the mana of our hero's rise from the grave, Wonderboy. Watching this movie kinda makes me wish i'd appreciated my little league years a little more.....
There is a long-winded gentleman that posted from London, Ontario that
obviously doesn't like baseball or good movies.
He points out supposed holes in the plot that, although irrelevant, are not there if he were to watch the movie. The "sinister" owner of the team does not like light because he was scared of the dark as a child, and trained himself to like the dark. The reviewer points this out as if it is a gaping hole, ruining the whole movie.
"Uninspired" is a large word, and the reviewer uses (or alludes to) it quite frequently. A true baseball fan couldn't help but be inspired by this movie. What person doesn't or hasn't dreamed about a bottom of the ninth, game winning home run? This movie one-ups that fantasy by putting not one, but two plots behind it. Pop gets his team back and the Judge gets screwed, and Roy gets to go out in style with his lifelong love and his son.
The reviewer is correct about the score, however smart seems to be an understatement. Excellent could be attributed to the music, not to mention the setting, script, timeline and plot.
Reviews should be left open for open-minded individuals, not cynical blow-hards who just like writing about what is bad. This movie is not be the best movie ever, but I challenge someone to come up with a better baseball movie.
How strange and refreshing to see a movie so lacking in cynicism. The
people who populate
the world of The Natural, from the stars to the fans in the stands,
projected a quality
not seen in today's world. Could you say they were natural? That comes
close. There's an
unhurried, genuine affection for the game of baseball and for its star, Roy
Hobbs. This is
not a film about things as they are. There's minimal profanity, sex, and
heavy doses of sentiment. Hobbs is a hero many of us dream about being.
The makers of
this film had the nerve to project that dream without apology.
This movie is intended to make you feel good, and I think it largely succeeds.
This is a movie with a great story: an unknown aged ballplayer appears who has magical talent. This concept leads to a couple of wonderful scenes. Most of all, the scene featuring Roy Hobbs first at bat as a Knight is spectacular. I would be willing to say that every shot of this scene is perfect. The growing storm that accompanies him, the foreshadowing, the music, the magic... it is the stuff of legend, again, fabulously done. Unfortunately this movie is too long and boring. I very much enjoy a slow developing story, if every scene in this movie featured an amazing home run by Roy Hobbs, the power would be lost, thus its necessary to keep things slow. However it is not necessary to tie in ridiculous side-stories, such as an evil owner trying to take an idiot manager's shares of the ball-club. Yeah!! Roy Hobbs fights corruption to save the dunce manager!!! How idiotic, how about just plain Roy Hobbs plays baseball because he loves baseball; that's what the movie's trying to say, why try to add more suspense? Cutting this kind of uselessness would really help this movie on a couple levels. I'm very tolerant of slow movies and I love baseball, but this movie is boring. Robert Redford is ok, some may disagree, but I think he comes off as too much of a prick in this movie, especially since it seems clear that from the script Roy Hobbs is a very good guy, yet somewhat mysterious. I think Redford turns mysterious into prick. The manager is annoying, Kim Bassinger is not that great, Glenn Close is good but not at all attractive, Michael Madsen was great and Robert Duvall is very good as well. ***
Just watched The Natural for the first time in a long time and forgot just how good it really is. Barry Levinson is a master with "faces". Just like "Good Morning Vietnam" he's able to convey with an actors face something that cannot be conveyed with words. It's a shame that he wasn't nominated for an Oscar for Best Director. And once again Wilfred Brimley delivers - he was definitely overlooked for a Best Supporting Actor nomination. Glenn Close was good as usual but I don't think she had a big enough role to have been a given a Best Supporting Actress nod. Regardless, this is an excellent movie, so well done and masterfully crafted.
How this movie was snubbed by the Academy, I'll never know. Combine a great story (adapted beautifully from the Bernard Malamud novel) with a stellar cast, a powerful score, and brilliant direction (Barry Levinson's best, I think) and you should walk away with an armful of Oscars, right? Not!!! What were these people thinking? Just another baseball movie? First, the cinematography in this movie is awe inspiring and has the type of "texture" to it that illustrates and exemplifies the true beauty of film. Further, it has some of the most perfectly framed shots I have ever seen. This is also a period piece, circa 1920's, and the sets and costuming are, for lack of words, perfect. This is one for the time capsule, folks! Don't miss it (even if you've already seen it)!!!
The adaptation of Bernard Malamud's piece comes across in grand fashion as
Robert Redford shines as Roy Hobbs. Inasmuch as the film is plagued by an
undercurrent of dishonesty and deceit, (on the part of the team ownership)
it reminds us all of what our national pastime used to be, in its best and
purest form. Long before the days of strikes, salary caps and negotiations
and belligerent acts of defiance, there was indeed a certain innocence and
purity in the game.
The Natural, indeed, seeks to parallel the glory days of the sport, masked behind a fictional account. Roy Hobbs emerging to save the New York Knights from certain failure lets us see that heroes still exist. The story was above all a character study which sought to bring to life the trials and tribulations of an aging ballplayer with a unique gift. The Natural was brilliantly acted by a formidable cast (even by today's standards) and expertly directed by Barry Levinson. It will endure the test of time as perhaps the best baseball movie ever made.
An absolute excellent movie. "The Natural" has Robert Redford at his best. And speaking of best...the cast credits for this movie are outstanding. Glen Close, Kim Bassinger, Robert Duval, Wilford Brimley, Darin McGavin,..etc. The best baseball movie I've ever seen and my all-time favorite movie. Also, beautiful cinematography and a stellar score by Randy Newman. A definite must see!
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