Friday, September 13, 2013

Drama Friday: What Dreams May Come

What Dreams May Come is a visually stunning film that tells the story of a man who is trying to save his soul mate from an eternity trapped in hell. It's an interesting take on the afterlife and even life itself. The choices we make, the ways we effect people and the twists our lives take.Is there more to this film than just visual effects and depressing moments? Lets take a look.

The acting was great in this movie, with Robin Williams leading a star filled cast also including  Annabella Sciorra, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Max von Sydow. Williams was great in this film,turning in a top notch performance and it didn't matter if the scene called for drama or comedy, he delivered.. The dramatic scenes will make you feel his pain, and you also feel the wonder and amazement when he first experiences his version of heaven. There were a few scenes where I felt the acting got a bit melodramatic, but overall the acting here was good for the entirety of the film.

The most captivating thing about this film was by far the set design and visual effects. From a vision of heaven that is a living painting to the darker toned and colder version of hell, they were fantastic. I especially liked the way the film depicted hell, not just going the typical route of lots of fire and demons, but giving it a more realistic and cerebral feeling.

If there is one thing I have to complain about this film, its that it felt a little unbalanced with its going back and forth with the emotions. Some moments are filled with joy, others extreme sadness, and when this film goes for sad moments, it goes all in. It just felt so jarring going from extreme sadness to joy so fast and often that it wears thin after awhile.

In the end this was an enjoyable film, but the version I saw on Netflix had the original ending as opposed to the more logical alternate ending . I don't think it hurts the films message, it just felt like an awkward note to end the film on. Despite this What Dreams May Come is a great dramatic film with a amazing story and awe inspiring visuals.

Verdict: If you like heavier drama in your films, you might want to give this a watch.


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