Firstly this is an adult movie. I remember when it was marketed on its release. It seemed to be targeted to all ages - Robin Williams off the back of- at that time- children's movies. It promoted the technology of the making. Overall they marketed it completely wrong, which I daresay has led it to being placed in the mediocrity bin.However, nothing could be further from the truth. What Dreams May Come would have to be one of the most intelligent, emotional, visually beautiful, and well acted projects ever to grace the screen.Robin Williams is masterful and Sciorra perfectly mirrors her <more>
soul mate Williams . Their performances encapsulate all the joy and abject sorrow human life entails. It's a movie that wants you to find real love, see beyond cynicism and grasp the idea of soul mate. And it's all presented in a stunningly gorgeous montage of exquisite colour and symmetry.From the opening shot to the closing frame, its magnificent. The story is enveloping encompassing nearly every asset of human emotion. It's a roller-coaster ride but rewarding. Comedy, hope, sadness, joy, elation, despair... all displayed perfectly.ALL actors shine, Cuba Gooding Jr is his usual excellent self and Max von Sydow is impeccable.The greatest movie ever? close... most under-rated movie ever? - most probably. Watch it, very few movies will touch you as What Dreams May Come will.
What Fantastic Movies are Made Of!!! (by JimmyT-2)
Ok, This movie was overlooked. Period. Before I saw it, I was one of the many movie going clones who decided not to see it in the theater because it hadn't been getting the rave reviews that the trailer suggested it should.So, my roommate works at a video store. One night, he brings home "What Dreams May Come." For lack of NOTHING better to do, I pop it in one night when I'm home alone. 113 minutes later I was floored. This was a fantastic movie. At first, I was a bit skeptical. Very little character development creation, and death comes just as the introduction to life <more>
begins. Then......it all hits. The absolute best computer animation I've ever seen. A plot line that has no obvious holes. A story that has never been addressed on the big screen. A subject that is explored in a way that is both believable and desirable. An incredible movie that leaves you happy, sad, curious, and most of all, drained of energy and exhilarated at the same time. I can't explain the feeling that this movie gave me, and I bet you can't explain the after-life any better than "What Dreams May Come," unless your 3 letter name begins with "G" and ends with "D." If you have a mind that will allow you to be entertained by something other than a beefy guy blowing things up with an Uzi, see this movie. 10 out of 10 JimmyT-2
I thought this movie was EXCELLENT the first time I saw it about 3 years ago and I saw it twice since. I bought the DVD just a few days ago and watched it again tonight and I cried so much. It is an amazing movie that really has you on your seat wondering what will happen next. It is neat to see the possible reality of one's "after-life" in heaven or hell. It makes you want to love those whom you love more and more every day and make sure that they know it. I was watching it tonight with my fiancé and could not keep the tears from coming....even after the movie I was crying <more>
because I was thinking about how I would feel if I lost him. I am not one to cry much, especially when I'm watching a movie. But this movie was a definite tear-jerker and an excellent must-see film! :o
To hell with the critics and the cynics. I absolutely love this movie - it's in my top ten or maybe even top five list of favorite movies I saw it at least 3 times in the theater and own it on DVD . I have to admit, I'm one of those non- almost anti- elitist, "I don't know art, but I know what I like" type people. I also truly love positive, upbeat movies with happy endings. Not to say that "realistic" movies aren't also great, but there is room for everything in the moviemaking genre. Isn't there enough depressing "realism" on the <more>
evening news to satisfy even the most jaded cynic?I can't say exactly what it is that strikes me about this movie. The incredible color-saturated visuals and special effects certainly help. The acting talents of Robin Williams and Max Von Sydow help. And I loved the story. Emotionally manipulative it may be, but this is one of those films where I WANTED to be manipulated, where I willingly participated. Apparently some people resented it, but I was sobbing through much the movie, and glad to be doing so. Laugh if you please, say whatever you want... this movie touches my heart."Deep" it isn't, not terribly. On a metaphysical level, it goes only slightly beyond new-age kitsch. Very few of the afterlife scenes and concepts agree with the spiritual outlook of any known religion. But I don't care. Again, if a movie touches my heart in just the right place, I can forgive it almost anything. This one did. 9/10.
In my all time top movie list...this movie hits on all cylinders...acting, script, content, etc. If you have kids, this movie is a must. It takes you to an emotional pit and then picks you up. I have a very moderate religious faith, and I enjoyed this movie immensely. You don't have to have a strong religious background to enjoy this movie, as some would have you think. I would have never believed Robin Williams could have pulled off a role like this, but he blew it away. Cuba Gooding, Jr was impeccable, as usual. Annabella Sciorra, Max Von Sydow, Jessica Grant, Josh Paddock, and Rosalind <more>
Chao all had outstanding performances.I'm not 100% convinced of any after-life, but if there is one, I'd like to believe this movie captured it on film. Ronal Bass and Vincent Ward have obviously seen heaven. As for those who want no part of any religious experience and thus chose not to watch this movie...STOP! It's also an ACID trip for all to enjoy and as heart wrenching of a movie, as I have ever seen. I try not to judge other critics, but if this movie doesn't bring tears, then I suggest you see a doctor, because you may not have a heart.
The saddest fairy tale since Andersen's Little Mermaid (by PlanecrazyIkarus)
I made a mistake when watching this movie, one I still regret today. I watched it on a cramped airliner, flying across the Atlantic, on a tiny screen and surrounded by 250 other people. And I watched it at a time when my concept of love was still immature, as teenager.Still, at the end of the movie I was literally dizzy with emotions and fighting as hard as I could to prevent myself from crying.This movie is magical, in many ways. The visuals are stunning, but on anything less than a cinema screen, they are out of place. Watching on a 5-inch-screen ruined that part of the experience. And <more>
watching it in company prevented me from simply letting go of emotions and crying , which was also stupid. Finally, watching it before maturing did also take away much of an experience that could otherwise have been incredible.Why do I regret it all so much? Because, on second and third viewing, the movie has lost much of its punch. It is a wonderful, and heartbrakingly sad experience to watch this movie for the first time. This is not a feel-good laugh-out-loud movie, this is perhaps the most touching story created in the past 20 years, and that is why some people hate it so much. A movie that tears at your heart and tries to squeeze out a tear or two scares many people, especially men who, like me, usually do not like crying at all , but it is incredibly well crafted. The acting is superb, the story-telling structure is a mixture of a classical pyramid approach continuously increasing the tension until climax and a series of flashbacks and non-linear storytelling, and it all works wonderfully. The dialogue is a bit cheesy, but it fits into the general mood of the picture, and the visuals enhance an already brilliant story into a fairy tale of epic proportions. The only criticism I can provide is that, on second viewing, the emotional punch has mostly left, and perhaps it is a bit too short.The story, it should briefly be mentioned, deals with a husband and father whose children died a few years ago, and who now also falls victim to a car crash. His experiences in the afterlife are the bulk of the story.All in all, a wonderful movie. I only wish I had seen it in a cinema, alone....9/10
20 years on this is still a powerful visual storytelling feat (by Lew777)
I'd never watched this film when it was released. It's taken me 20 years to finally watch it, and though film-making has advanced technologically in terms of CGI in that time - it still looks stunning ! It's a slow burning story and there's not much joy and laughs - but the sense of love and family and resoluteness still lingered way after the film ended. It's concept of Heaven and Hell is way beyond conventional film directors. It's a labour of love which at the end is faith affirming and yet shows up all our human flaws and vulnerability in all their glory. Great <more>
direction - good acting and an incredible journey that will stay in your mind .
Could have been so much better with so little effort. (by keenan-1)
The DVD for this movie had been on my want list for quite some time; my loving and perceptive husband found it for me and gave it as a birthday gift. I cannot be entirely rational about critiquing it because no matter how many times I attempt to view it objectively my emotions take over and it turns into psychotherapy. It says much for its power that this still happens upon repeated viewings.For the record, for those of you who own or have access to the DVD version, I feel that the alternate ending is vastly superior to the one that ended up with the cinematic release. It has the advantage of <more>
being less Hollywood "touchy-feely" and much more meaningful and logical in a broad karmic sense. With the alternate ending, for instance, one gets much more of a sense of the children as individuals in their own rights as opposed to being bound into their only importance as part of the scripted family unit. The wheel continues to turn, affecting all of them, which is something that the alternate ending drives home and it is completely missing from the cinematic ending. I wish that they had made the braver decision rather than going for schmaltz. It's the only downside to the movie, but it is a marked source of dissatisfaction to me personally. Perhaps this is a case where the extras you get on a DVD aren't worth it? I might have been content with never knowing the other possibility, who's to say?
The imaging in this film was the best I have ever enjoyed. Saw it in 1998 or 1999, after being given 6 months to live. It affected me emotionally very much, of course. Since I survived my 'death' and it is now 2014, I still remember it with warm feelings, especially as Robin Williams just died. Life is but a moment. I do not recall what the Academy Award was for but Color/Photography or SPecial Effects would have been my vote. the concept that one can redeem or be saved from hell by another or if for the right reason love , is a true meaning of Love. What Jesus tried to get us to <more>
understand. God created us in His image, to have a relationship with us when we have grown evolved enough. Until then he will receive prayers and conversations with His children. Jesus died for that salvation.