Chris and Annie have a good life and a good marriage that is only made better by two wonderful kids. But when tragedy strikes their life will never be the same. Overcome with grief, Annie commits suicide while Chris is killed in a car accident. When Chris finds they aren’t both in heaven he sets out to find Annie with help from a strange angel.
Robin Williams (Chris), Cuba Gooding Jr. (Albert), Annabella Sciorra (Annie), Max von Sydow (The Tracker), Jessica Grant (Marie), Josh Paddock (Ian), Rosalind Chao (Leona), Wilma Bonet (Angie).
What Dreams May Come starts off a bit slow with some character development before the story starts to get interesting. The plot builds nicely layering drama and fantasy one after the other until we are deep in a strange world that somehow doesn’t seem so strange. In the end the film wraps up nicely with a finish that will make you smile while you cry.
Acting was pretty good from everyone here. Williams did a good job displaying great range throughout the film. Gooding was a nice choice to play opposite Williams and also did very well. Sciorra was a joy, presenting well as both a happy mother and a psychologically damaged wife.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good and realistic but were overshadowed by the special effects which were delightfully realistic while being purely fantasy based at the same time. Dialogue was good with nice depth. Sound and soundtrack were also well done.
Overall What Dreams May Come is an unusual and interesting film that does a great job of running us through a range of emotions with ease. Those who enjoy a romantic drama that is something beside a sappy love story will enjoy this the most.
With scenes of death, mildly disturbing fantasy images, and some foul language this should be fine for teens and above.
What Dreams May Come is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
copyright ©2011 Dave Riedel
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