Yeah, so, I’ve been forcing myself to relax on my maternity leave.
I know this makes me sound like an asshole, but it’s surprisingly difficult to just relax. I’m always thinking, “Well, I should be doing the dishes,” or “There’s those boxes I should break down and take to the recycling bin.”
I’ve been letting myself take on little things, and then I reward myself with a movie. Yesterday, I watched “Hanna” (Really good! Worth checking out.) and the documentary “Forks Over Knives,” which has convinced me that all the milk I’ve been drinking since getting knocked up is going to give me cancer … again.
Today, I watched “The Natural.” I love baseball movies, but strangely, I have never seen the movie that some people say is one of the best baseball movies ever made. I don’t agree with that statement. I did enjoy it, but there were some things that I found distracting or just plain didn’t understand.
I’m going to assume that I don’t need to say “spoiler alert” for a movie that came out in 1984. And, I’m going to assume that most of you have probably seen it.
First of all, Robert Redford was 47 when he filmed this movie, so he’s a little hard to accept as a 19-year-old aspiring ball player at the beginning of the movie. He’s also hard to accept as a 35-year-old ball player later in the movie.
Second, why did Barbara Hershey’s character shoot him? It’s never explained, is it? And, didn’t she shoot him in the shoulder or arm? Why is a doctor pulling a silver bullet out of Redford’s stomach 16 years later? Did the bullet travel from his arm to inside his stomach? Is that even possible?
Third, wouldn’t Robert Duvall’s character recognize Redford’s character immediately, even though it was 16 years after they met? I mean, Redford struck out the ball player that Duvall was claiming to be the best player in the game, and then Redford’s character was shot the next day. Seems to me that Duvall would remember something like that.
Fourth, does Redford really not know that Glenn Close’s son is his son? Come on!
And finally, a character dies in the movie by running for a catch and crashing through a wall in the outfield. Really?
It’s a perfectly fine movie, but I wouldn’t say it’s one of the best baseball movies ever. I would pick “Bull Durham,” which I think of multiple times during every baseball game I watch. I think a sentimental case could be made for “Field of Dreams.” Hell, I liked the original “Bad News Bears” more than “The Natural.”
What about you guys? Did you like “The Natural?” Do you have other baseball movie favorites?