Another thing that the field creates in the movie is a bond between people. It brings together the characters of the film whether it be Ray's family or complete strangers like Terence Mann (played by James Earle Jones). Ray's family is going through a rough time and this baseball field creates a sense of unity and purpose in the household that helps them to overcome the financial and emotional struggles. The point I draw from this is that sometimes even the simplest things, like a couple of lines drawn in the dirt, can bring people closer. Also, I think that the director is using the field to critique society as a whole. Most would agree that people these days is very distant and something like baseball creates a common ground that brings all types of people together in today's busy society. It allows people to take a small bit out of their day to sit back really appreciate the small things. Not only does the field represent the simplicity in life, but it also represents the solidarity and peace of the sport. There is something special and nostalgic about a father and son playing catch. This is perfectly represented in the closing scenes of the film. When Ray realizes that the catcher on the field is actually his father, it creates a very emotional scene. He finally understands that in the line, “If you build it, he will come” the “he” refers to his father. Ray left his father on bad terms, and now he is given the chance to resolve the problems. All he has to do is play some catch. The emotions of the scene really pulls on the heartstrings of the viewer.
Although all of the supernatural events that occur in the movie are never explained, the movie makes perfect sense. At one point Ray finds himself in the year 1972, but the viewer does get hung up on these details because there is such a bigger picture being presented in the film. The journey as a whole is what matters, not the specific details. This concept brings back the idea of the simplicity involved in the field. There is no fancy walls or grandstands at the field, just a mound, three bases, and home plate. Ray has created a space of simplicity and solace in the “field of dreams” in a world that tries so hard to suppress those things we consider special and sacred. I give the film five out of five slurpees because of its ability to create such a powerful message with such simple ideas.