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Plot: An unknown middle-aged batter named Roy Hobbs with a mysterious past appears out of nowhere to take a losing 1930s baseball team to the top of the league.
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Many, many years ago when I was a bit of a sports fan, I remember reading stories about scouts who had seen athletes in the olden days like Roy Hobbs. Players who could hit a ball a mile or throw a hundred mile per hour fastball, but who never made it to the big league for some reason. But of course, this movie is based on a novel by Bernard Malamud, though there are hints of actual events here and there.
It is an entertaining movie, presenting baseball as America’s game and therefore, ultimately, above corruption. It has an old timey feel, perhaps even older than the 1939 setting that is presented. The movie is less gloomy than the book, and I guess the purists don’t like that, but for me, life is gloomy enough and the mood and ending were just fine with me. (And I did read the book.) Since actual events and people from bygone days are cleaned up and mythologized for our history books, why get upset when fictional stories are purified with a rose colored lens?
The Wonder of Wonderboy.
The Natural is directed by Barry Levinson and adapted to screenplay by Roger Towne & Phil Dusenberry from the novel written by Bernard Malamud. It stars Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimley, Barbara Hershey, Robert Prosky and Richard Farnsworth. Music is by Randy Newman and cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.
The Natural is a wistful sports movie, one that asks every person who views it to buy into the whimsy and mythologising on show. If able to do that then it’s a film of beguiling beauty, awash with strength of the human spirit and of luscious technical credits. The Arthurian core to Roy Hobbs’ (Redford a superb presence yet calmness personified) second chance ensures we always know this is fanciful stuff, but that’s just fine, we are in Field of Dreams territory here and fans of such fare are rewarded royally. Period art design, photography and musical score are grade “A”, snuggling up nicely with a support cast to Redford that is of high end proportions. If it’s in you and you know what sort of film to expect, you may well, come the end, be punching the air whilst having a tear in your eye. Lovely film making. 8.5/10
“I know better.”
This is another one that I recently re-watched on cable. I must upgrade my collection to include the DVD. Of course, there are reviews which will attack its sentimentality; get over it!! It amazes me that so many film goers can’t view a movie with a positive and sophisticated charm without rolling their eyes or sticking their finger down their throat. (As if we don’t have enough coarse, angry, ‘edgy’ films in release already.) I don’t mind Redford’s Joe Hardy-like ability one bit, because success- for all of his skill and talent- still doesn’t come to him easily. He must suffer a physical tragedy, be elusive with his greedy contemporaries, and finally deal with the past, which he spends the entire movie trying to hide. The one nitpick I have with the whole film was the painfully obvious soft-focus photography used to disguise Redford’s age. It isn’t so bad in the first reel when he’s supposed to be a teenager (and the camera shoots him in silhouette and at length), but later, when he’s supposed to be between 36 and, say 40, he just *isn’t*. Glenn Close is radiant as his love from childhood, and shines in a memorable scene when they are first reunited at one of his games. After he goes into a foreshadowed slump, it is the arrival of Close (angelically back lit, and whose presence he senses even before seeing her) that brings him back to winning. Singularly gorgeous.
Despite Its Flaws, It Sure Can Evoke Emotion
“The Natural” is a strange move by any sense of the imagination. One minute, it can be as serious as any movie ever made. The next minute, an outfielder crashes through the wall, dies, and has his ashes spread over the field in a later game. Despite the oddities that pop up here and there, though, “The Natural” remains a classic for one simple reason: it will move you emotionally in the end.
For a basic plot summary, “The Natural” tells the story of Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford), a young pitcher who seems to have the world on a string on his way to the major leagues. When a freak accident takes him out of the game for many years, though, he comes back a wily, grizzled veteran just hoping for another chance. He gets that chance with the Knights, coached by Pop Fisher (Wilford Brimley). While figures such as the team owner (Robert Prosky) and prominent sports writer Max Mercy (Robert Duvall) want to see him fail, Hobbs shows the type of perseverance that legends are made of.
Like I said in the opening, “The Natural” can be a really strange movie at times. It’s almost like director Barry Levinson doesn’t quite understand how strange his dramatic tone shifts were as the film rolls along. While some view this as quirky and giving the movie its own style, I see it as a negative (the only reason it doesn’t get my full five stars and vault into “Field of Dreams” territory).
That being said, “The Natural” does more than enough things right to still remain a classic movie. Certain sequences (striking out The Whammer (Joe Don Baker), “pick me out a winner, Bobby”, etc.) are now etched into iconic film & baseball lore. Then, of course, there is that ending. I don’t care how cheesy you might have thought the movie up until that point was, but if that final scene doesn’t move you to tears, you probably have a stone in place of a heart. When it comes to “greatest single scene in a baseball movie of all-time”, Hobbs’ final at-bat probably takes home the prize.
One must also comment on the music of “The Natural”, as that is part of the reason why it resonates on such an emotional level. I don’t think I could name too many soundtracks that top this one. The main theme is now a mainstay, and it seems like all the scenes in the film are backed by the perfect instrumentals.
Overall, “The Natural” is a slice of “baseball Americana”, if not a perfect one. There are moments that will probably make you shake your head out of weirdness, but more often than not you will find yourself falling for Roy Hobbs and his quest for the American dream…baseball style.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 18 min (138 min), 2 hr 24 min (144 min) (Director’s Cut) (USA)
Genre Drama, Sport
Director Barry Levinson
Writer Bernard Malamud (novel), Roger Towne (screenplay), Phil Dusenberry (screenplay)
Actors Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger
Awards Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations.
Production Company TriStar Pictures
Sound Mix Dolby Stereo, Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos
Aspect Ratio 1.20 : 1 (negative ratio), 1.85 : 1
Camera Panaflex Camera and Lenses by Panavision
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints), DuArt Film Laboratories Inc., New York, USA (processing)
Film Length 3,348 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman 125T 5247, 400T 5294)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (4K) (2019 remaster), Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm