The movie "Where dreams lead" is a Fantastic melodrama production.
Director: Vincent Ward
Actors: Robin Williams, Annabella Sciorra
Young Chris (Robin Williams) and Annie (Annabella Sciorra) meet during the holidays. The acquaintance, as usual, turned into a stormy love, they got married, and now we are already shown the happy family of Chris and Annie, which, in addition, was supplemented by two wonderful children - Mary and Ian. But suddenly it turns out that the children live in this world for the last day... On the way to school, they are killed in a car accident.
Four years pass. Annie has never recovered from the loss of her children, and she often spends time in a mental institution and is deeply depressed. Chris tries to forget about his grief by treating children (he is a pediatrician by profession). But suddenly Chris is also killed in a car accident.
This is the beginning. Well, then... And then Chris finds himself in an otherworldly world, which he creates exclusively with his imagination. Chris is very fond of painting, so his world (let's say - Paradise) is filled with absolutely stunning colors, colors, and landscapes. Some of the landscapes are paintings that Annie once painted. In Paradise, Chris is accompanied by a black angel named Albert (there are a lot of black angels, so I pretended that we were dealing with the American sector of Paradise), who turns out to be the spirit of an old friend of his.
In Paradise, of course, very well. Because it was created in Chris's dreams specifically for Chris. Chris is dead and dreams about what he is dreaming in his death dream. Everything is so beautiful and so familiar... Besides, this is his own Paradise, so Chris can fly through the air, walk on water, and perform a thousand different miracles.
But it is not easy for Chris to take for granted his presence in Paradise, so he always rushes back to get a glimpse of what is happening on Earth, and how Annie is there. He attends his own funeral and from time to time tries to establish communication with Annie, unwittingly driving her completely mad. Albert tries to explain to Chris that he should leave Annie alone and just enjoy his own Paradise, but Chris does not heed this advice.
Finally, Annie can no longer bear the terrible depression, which is only aggravated by Chris's attempts to establish contact with her, so she commits the grave sin of suicide. Of course, after that, she goes to hell. And then Chris decides to leave his Paradise and go after Annie to hell to get her out of there. Albert warns Chris that he will not be able to help Annie, but will only lose his Paradise forever, but Chris is relentless...
What can I tell you about this film? It is very ambiguous. And for many reasons. On the one hand, the desire of the creators of the film to press a tear for a long time and tediously is too obvious, which at times becomes tedious. Therefore, the picture evokes very polar feelings. Someone during its viewing continuously sobs and someone is frankly bored, stating that such a burden has not been seen for a long time. On the other hand, the film is made very beautiful. At times, it is simply amazing (the Oscar for" Best special effects " was not won for nothing). Of course, sometimes the pictures of heaven or hell look a little fake, but who knows - maybe it is. I have nothing to compare it with yet. I wish, of course, that in Paradise every five meters there were 21-inch monitors, and on the ground, there were thick, thick cables from ten-no! - with it for entering the Heavens. No, but this is me describing my Paradise, which I will dream of in my mortal dreams, shaped by my dreams. In the film, we are shown a Paradise created by Chris's dreams. Whether it suits you or not doesn't matter. You will have your own heaven and your own hell. Created by your dreams in your dreams...
Critics tend to praise Robin Williams very much. "Great game", "amazing role", " only Robin Williams was able to recreate his incomparable game..." To be honest, I was quite surprised by such an abundance of praise epithets. In my opinion, the only thing in this film strongly on the three-the game of actors. And first of all-the game of Robin Williams. However, I do not like him very much, despite the fact that he is now extremely popular in Hollywood and is invited to star in a lot of new films.
Why don't I love you? Yes, because it is the same everywhere and one-dimensional just to the point of impossibility. The same crooked mouth, symbolizing the either desperate joy of desperate grief. It looks good in comedies that require a gutta-percha face, but in the melodrama - I beg you! Well, I did not go in this role Robin Williams, well, no way!
Annabella Sciorra, despite her promising origins (she is mixed with Cuban, Italian, and French roots), makes an extremely gray impression. Well, Yes - what a misery, what a misery! Bags under the eyes and an unhappy look. That's it! Nothing more!
Summarize. The film makes sense to watch and sentimental viewers, not forgetting to stock up on a ton of handkerchiefs, and hardened cynics. The first will get tons of tearful romance, which is enough for five simpler films, and the second will enjoy great special effects. And it should be remembered that you are not dealing with a philosophical and psychological drama, but rather just a beautiful fairy tale. Placing this film in the category of "fantastic melodrama" - absolutely correctly reflects what is happening on the screen.
What Dreams May Come Trailer - Directed by Vincent Ward and starring Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Max von Sydow, Josh Paddock, Matt Salinger. Chris Neilson dies to find himself in a heaven more amazing than anything he could have ever dreamed of. But there is one thing missing: his wife. After he dies, his wife, Annie kills herself and goes to hell. Chris decides to risk eternity in hades for the small chance that he will be able to bring her back to heaven.