Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 1999. Universal Pictures, Beacon Pictures, Tig Productions, Mirage Enterprises. Screenplay by Dana Stevens, based on the novel by Michael Shaara. Cinematography by John Bailey. Produced by Armyan Bernstein, Amy Robinson. Music by Basil Poledouris. Production Design by Neil Spisak. Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky. Film Editing by Eric L. Beason, Arthur Coburn.
Moody love story that is a complete reversal from Sam Raimi’s usual array of horror and suspense films. Kevin Costner plays an ageing baseball player who spends an entire game contemplating his career and his romance with New York magazine writer Kelly Preston. He thinks back on their charming first meeting, the good days and the times when things got too tough to handle, wondering if either the career or the relationship are worth continuing. Costner is his usual winsome self, blankly romantic and appealingly easy, but he’s let down by a totally lame performance from Preston (in a role turned down by Jodie Foster and Meg Ryan among others before coming to her); she flounders with the first really good part she gets the chance to sink her teeth into. I like to think of myself as a real romance lover, but I found this one dull and stringy. More daring (and lovestruck) audiences might enjoy it more though.