BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY Field of Dreams ★★★★
“If you build it, he will come.” Build what? And who will come? The answers to these questions are at the heart of this ingenious latter-day fairy tale. Kevin Costner is the Iowa farmer who, in response to a voice only he can hear, turns his cornfield into a baseball diamond. So that’s the first question answered; the second is more complex, involving the spirits of the disgraced Chicago White (aka Black) Sox of 1919 (who threw the baseball World Series), Costner’s relationship with his late father and a disgruntled radical writer (James Earl Jones) who faces having his books banned. Baseball is the dominant theme in an admittedly sentimental tale about wish fulfilment, following your dreams and neatly rearranging the past – a male weepy, if you like. Not everyone loved it, but it’s effectively done, very touching in parts and well played by an excellent cast that includes Amy Madigan, Ray Liotta and, in his final film role, Burt Lancaster.
11.00pm-1.00am Spike Nicolas Cage is the escapee from Hell out for payback back in as gratuitous an orgy of sex, violence, explosions and car chases as you could wish for. And Cage is on brilliant “mega-acting” form too.