You don’t have to love baseball to enjoy “Field of Dreams,” but it sure doesn’t hurt.
Yes, the 1989 Kevin Costner film, which celebrates its 30th anniversary April 21, is a paean to the summer game, and it helps to know a little about Ty Cobb, Fenway Park and the 1919 Chicago Black Sox.
But that’s primarily (pitch-)framing for a story that digs into themes everyone can understand: hope and loss; parents and children; dreams, deferred and denied; and, in the end, the chance for redemption.
“Field,” adapted from W.P. Kinsella’s 1982 novel, “Shoeless Joe,” is literal fantasy baseball. Costner’s Ray Kinsella is living with his wife, Annie (Amy Madigan), and daughter, Karin (Gaby Hoffmann), on an Iowa corn farm when a mysterious voice speaks one of the best-known lines in film history: “If you build it, he will come.”