I’m a “natural” baseball fan, or certainly was for my first 40 years on the planet, but I’ve only watched “The Natural” maybe twice in my life from start to finish. This third-or-so viewing is the first time I ever watched it as a film critic.

It’s a helluva well crafted movie, right down to the details. Lots of great actors strutting their stuff in truly radiant fashion. Snappy, period-appropriate (though I’m not qualified to say) and game-appropriate (qualified to say) dialogue, pretty (as in lovely, not almost) cinematographically symbolic and period-esque, thematically consistent, moral, simple, good vs. evil explored thoroughly, truly “heroic” (it’s a movie), etc.

A deserved classic.