Hello, friends in time, and welcome to the final month of Time Out, a regular feature on Cinema 52 where I put my weekly viewing of Back to the Future on hold and watch another movie featuring time travel for comparison. I’ve seen a whole hell of a lot of time travel movies this year, but even watching one or two a week isn’t enough to knock ‘em all out. So, in the last month of 2013, I’m watching at least 31 movies and giving each one a quick paragraph on what I thought of it. How did these specific flicks end up on the bottom of the pile? By fitting at least one of the following criteria: 1) There’s time travel in them, but only in one or two scenes. 2) They were not favorably reviewed by critics and fell into obscurity. 3) They were made for TV, which I haven’t been counting until now. 4) Their legitimacy as time travel stories is questionable. 5) It’s my list and I’ve still seen more time travel movies than you, so ha. Anyway, here’s Week 2.
FIELD OF DREAMS (1989)
Oh, this movie. So first of all, I saw Field of Dreams as a kid and couldn’t remember any time travel in it, but I also couldn’t remember why any of the shit that happens to Kevin Costner makes any sense. Well, I can now confidently confirm that 1) yes, there’s time travel in it, and 2) none of the shit that happens to Kevin Costner makes any sense. On top of the creepy whispering God voices and the cornfield baseball ghosts, there’s a scene where Kev goes for a nighttime walk and oops, it’s 1972. No portals or special effects, he just notices that all the movie marquees, election posters, and license plates have changed. And it’s all so he can meet a dead baseball player that James Earl Jones’s character is a fan of, because I guess there’s a limit to how many ghosts God can fit in a cornfield. And then when Kevin’s back in his own time, the young version of the same dead baseball player is hitchhiking for some reason? I’m amazed critics ate this shit up, but I guess they get nostalgic over illogical and needlessly complicated plots about faith and bullshit that lead up to obvious payoffs. I mean, baseball.