What Dreams May Come

What Dreams May Come

DVD - 2002
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Four years after Chris and Annie Nielsen lose their children in a traffic accident, Chris himself is killed and finds himself reunited with his children in a beautiful and astonishing afterlife, but Annie commits suicide in despair and is banished to a very different realm. Chris risks his own eternal happiness to find Annie and rescue her from her fate.

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akirakato
Jun 08, 2017

Directed by Vincent Ward, this is a 1998 American fantasy based on the 1978 novel of the same name by Richard Matheson.
Although the visual effects appear fabulous, the script seems ill-contrived for a nomal person to understand.
After all, it is like a children's book romance with only an entertaining value.
I can hardly take it seriously.

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firefly5
Jul 03, 2016

Returned without wasting time on this one.

Marriedinvegas Apr 04, 2016

Just alittle slow moving for me...Visual effects were amazing though.

M_ALCOTT May 23, 2015

I can see why this movie won an Academy Award for its visual effects. They're beautiful, stunning, and imaginative. I like the scene where Robin Williams' character Chris is walking through a field of flowers; it's like he stepped into an Impressionist painting.

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Nursebob
Dec 18, 2014

Robin Williams moves heaven and hell in order to rescue the soul of his dead wife in this mushy mess of maudlin excesses and syrupy tripe. Pre-deceased by their two darling children, stoic Chris Nielsen and his neurotic artist wife Annie manage to keep their life on track until the unthinkable happens; Chris is smushed by a flying sports car while playing good Samaritan to an accident victim. Aided by a prancing ill-focused ghost Chris says his final farewells to a bereft Annie and enters into his own private afterlife; an unconvincing amalgamation of his wife’s artwork created with globs of wet paint. Unfortunately, when Annie tries to join him prematurely by committing suicide she is cast into Hell where no one can escape...until now, of course. Embarking on a Dantean quest to recover her spirit and bring her to the light Chris must first cross a Stygian sea, walk across a swamp of indignant human heads, and face down the enraged denizens of a flaming Thunderdome set. But can he break through the guilt-ridden delusions that keep her tied to a decaying mockery of their happy home before it’s too late? And will they ever be reunited with their children, now reinvented as a black yuppie and Asian airline hostess? Borrowing heavily from the works of Van Gogh, Bosch, and the Pre-Raphaelites with lighting reminiscent of the Dutch Masters, director Vincent Ward et al present a shimmering vision of Paradise filled with squiggly landscapes and flying toddlers. Apparently Heaven and Hell are whatever our subconscious makes of them hence all good souls enter into a manic series of pop-up fairytale books while bad souls get caught in endless psychotic loops. Everything about this production is so trite and disingenuous that it’s difficult to point enough fingers. Teeming with lofty mountain peaks and sunlit meadows, the film’s opening scenes practically drill the concept of foreshadowing into our skulls (golly, is that a print of “The Garden of Earthly Delights” hanging above Annie’s bed?) while the afterlife’s shallow sentimentality leads one to believe God is a big fan of Harlequin romances. As a manipulative, overplayed weeper with emotions as fake as its cheap matte backgrounds, What Dreams May Come presents a compelling argument for atheism.

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1tarheel
Dec 02, 2014

I liked this one for its creative slant on the afterlife and strong performance by Robin Williams. A little hard to watch knowing his fate; the surrealism of it all was also consistently hard to wade through.

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angel_heart
Sep 29, 2014

I wanted to watch this since the passing of Robyn. The waiting list was long. It was sad in it's untruth in the way death is portrated. It was all very sweet and cozy. Untrue just the same. I found it to be very colorful and interesting and complicated to see a non chistian view. The quote was funny, something like god is up there telling us he loves us and we can't hear and yet they put reincarnation as a choice in death. This is certinally NOT the God of the Bible. I think I can gleen where Robin is, but not entirely sure. R.I.P. Robyn.

BookReviewer2015 Aug 12, 2014

Great film! Excellent cinematography!

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darlenestrom
Aug 11, 2014

Wonderful movie in that very short space of time that Hollywood was going through the new age middle life crisis. This time produced some of the best movies ever. This is even more poignant since the news has just come out that Robin Williams has committed suicide. Wherever you are Robin, I am sure that you have taken this vision with you!

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cosmickate
Sep 27, 2013

One of Eckhart's favorite movies

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bdls206
Mar 26, 2011

Annie Nielsen: Can I sit here?
Chris Nielsen: Actually, no. Two years ago, I reserved this specific area.
Annie Nielsen: What if I say please ?
Chris Nielsen: That's the one exception.

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bdls206
Mar 26, 2011

Albert: So what is the "me"?
Chris Nielsen: My brain I suppose.
Albert: Your brain ? Your brain is a body part. Like your fingernail or your heart. Why is that the part that's you?
Chris Nielsen: Because I have sort of a voice in my head, the part of me that thinks, that feels, that is aware that I exist at all.
Albert: So if you're aware you exist, then you do. That's why you're still here.

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bdls206
Mar 26, 2011

Chris Nielsen: A whole human life is just a heartbeat here in Heaven. Then we'll all be together forever.

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alexandermorr
Jul 26, 2012

After dying in a car crash a widowed man searches the afterlife for his wife.

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bdls206
Mar 26, 2011

Chris Neilsen dies to find himself in a heaven more amazing than he could have ever dreamed of. There is one thing missing: his wife. After he dies, his wife, Annie killed herself and went to hell. Chris decides to risk eternity in hades for the small chance that he will be able to bring her back to heaven.

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bdls206
Mar 26, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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