The Sandlot | Baseball Film | Nostalgia | Movie Review

Ah, The Sandlot! It feels like yesterday was the first time
I watched you. But I know more than anyone that is not true. I’ve seen this film so many times it’s
ridiculous. It’s the best 90s kid movie, and if you
disagree, or even worse, if haven’t even seen it yet, “you’re killin’ me, Smalls!” All joking and memorable quotes aside, The
Sandlot is directed by David M. Evans, who also narrates throughout, and is about a group
of boys growing up in the 1960s. Scotty Smalls reflects on the most memorable
summer of his life, and how baseball brought everyone together. One of the first things I immediately love
about this movie is the soundtrack, which features the perfect 60s songs, really making
us feel a part of the time period. Tracks like ‘America the Beautiful’ by
Ray Charles and ‘Green Onions’ by Booker T & The MG’s are perfect. A more recent observation is that the Blu-ray
transfer for this film is fantastic, as the level of detail is much improved, especially
considering it was released in 1993. Every scene, even the smaller ones, are enjoyable
and interesting; there is no time wasted in all 102 minutes. Now, on the surface, it might appear like
just another sports movie. While baseball is a big part of the storyline,
it’s simply what brings these kids together, with the sandlot being their sanctuary. It not only aged well for those who grew up
with it, but holds its own for new viewers. This is because the pacing is perfect, particularly
with the buildup of Smalls going from being a new kid lacking confidence, to a regular
in the sandlot crew. It doesn’t drag on, “forever.” Largely due to Benny ‘The Jet’ Rodriguez,
being the best character, and a kid everyone roots for. He’s the easy going leader who rallies the
group together in the film’s most crucial moments. Notably those that deal with The Beast, a
mysterious canine that causes problems for the youngsters. The imagination of its rumored size and legacy
is an exciting storytelling effect. As a kid, when you finally get to see him
in full, one might feel somewhat deceived. As an adult, my realization was that
the kids’ mental images simply created a darker portrayal. Either way, it was necessary to include this,
as it brought out creative direction earlier. Particularly all the scenes where the kids
are trying to recover a piece of valuable history, are just so fun and entertaining
to this day. And the side stories, I couldn’t help but
find myself going over every scene, trying to continuously decide which is the best. A nearly impossible decision. There’s the shenanigans of Squints’ crush
on lifeguard Wendy Peffercorn; an insult battle between opposing baseball crews; trying chewing
tobacco before going on carnival rides. I’m born on Halloween, yet July 4th was
once my favorite holiday, and this film captures it perfectly. But in the end, nothing beats that final chase
sequence, especially with how the camera captures the slow motion running and thrilling music. As a side note, I find it funny how as a kid
I never noticed when anyone cussed in this movie. “Oh sh**!” To be fair, that clip is the most obvious
scene. Anyway, you don’t need to be a fan of baseball
to enjoy this, as while there are some, it’s not overly saturated with references. As long as you’ve heard of a certain legendary
player, you’ll never feel as out of the loop as Smalls does at the beginning. The Sultan of Swat! The Colossus of Clout! The Great Bambino! Just Google it. The cast of lesser known actors makes it feel
real. I’m sure many of them will always be remembered
as being one in the same as their characters. However, there is a pleasant surprise some
will recognize simply by his voice. The Sandlot is endlessly heartwarming, and
a timeless classic filled with 60s nostalgia. And that’s why this film is a Dyligent Pickle…
uh, I meant Pick! So what’s your favorite childhood film? Share your pick below! My name is Dylan, and if you enjoyed the video,
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6 thoughts on “The Sandlot | Baseball Film | Nostalgia | Movie Review

  1. I enjoyed the video so I'll send you a thumbs up. Great intermix of Dylan and clips and personality. You looked really comfortable in front of the camera. Glad you finally reviewed your favorite childhood movie. I cannot wait until you review breaking bad or better call Saul. ✌🏻

  2. I agree with Brennan that you look very comfortable and extremely into the subject matter. This is a great time of the year to review Sandlot for renewing awesome childhood memories. Thanks for taking me back in time to your childhood and mine Dylan. Loved, Loved, Loved this review!

  3. I don't play baseball, but this movie made me appreciate the sport. THIS IS STILL MY FAVOURITE MOVIE EVER❤

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