Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Natural (1984)

Director: Barry Levinson. Cast: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimley, Barbara Hershey, Richard Farnsworth, Joe Don Baker, Michael Madsen. 134 min. Rated PG. Sports.

Do American movies get any more formulaic than this? Is there any doubt that Robert Redford, that great heart-warming presence, will not make a winning home-run at the end? And that the last whack at the ball will not be in slow-motion? Of course, there are movies that don't take any chances, and are solely written for the American audience. But the ball hitting a single stadium light and all the rest bursting in a firecracker-like shower over our heroes, was really pushing it. Another movie that doesn't age well. Last year's Moneyball did a significantly better job on baseball.

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