What Dreams May Come

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What Dreams May Come is a 1998 American fantasy drama film directed by Vincent Ward and adapted by Ronald Bass from the 1978 novel of the same name by Richard Matheson.

Summary

Chris Nielsen (Robin Williams) dies in an accident (much like his children earlier in life), and enters Heaven. But when he discovers that his beloved wife, Annie, has killed herself out of grief over the loss, he embarks on an afterlife adventure to reunite with her.

Why It Rocks

  1. Outstanding and wonderful acting, especially from the late (and great) Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra, and many of the other actors.
  2. The opening where Chris and Annie first meet is very heartwarming and the many tragic deaths that go on in their marriage is tear jerking. Much like this movie.
  3. The special effects are very gorgeous and thought-provoking.
  4. The cinematography and camera angles are amazing and well-shot, especially the movie’s envision of Heaven.
  5. The idea of this film’s version of heaven is truly magical and a series of wonder.
  6. The deaths of Chris and Annie’s kids along with Chris death (which were both car accidents) is very emotional.
  7. The film has many powerful moments.
  8. The chemistry between Chris and his young daughter, Marie, is a nice touch.
  9. Interesting and relatable characters, such as Chris Nielsen, his wife, Annie, and Dr. Lewis.
  10. It has an amazing ending as Chris and the rest of his family are reunited in the afterlife.

Reception

The film was the second highest grossing film at the domestic box office in its opening week and went on to earn $55 million at the North American box office, while grossing a further $16 million worldwide.

Upon its initial release, critical reception for What Dreams May Come was mixed. On aggregating review website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 54%, based on 69 reviews, with an average score of 5.6/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "An insubstantial plot overshadows the beautiful, surreal scenery." Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating based on reviews from top mainstream critics, calculated an average score of 44 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."

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