Elizabethtown shows what happens when a gifted writer-director lets his big ol' heart do his brain's work for him. Yet the film stuck with me in ways genuinely successful films haven't. I find myself talking and thinking about it all the time. Heck, the origins of this whole project began with Elizabethtown . By the time Bloom embarks on an epic road-trip set to a mix-tape of Crowe's favorite songs, Elizabethtown was starting to barrel its way through my formidable defenses. So is Elizabethtown a success? Fuck no, but it's a heartfelt debacle of rare ambition, sincerity and vision.
I would feel like the luckiest person alive every time I am reminded that I am living the dream, a dream that many people like myself would die to get the chance to do. Twenty-five lucky people for each team get the honor to say to the whole world that they play baseball as a living ad support their families. I would give anything for the chance at becoming one of them. Yes, baseball players do make a great deal of money and more money than anyone could possibly imagine. But if you do give me the opportunity to be a professional baseball player, you wouldn’t have to pay me a single cent.