Dreamer - Inspired By a True Story (Widescreen Edition)
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Top Customer Reviews
Kurt Russell looks like a Kentucky horse trainer. His run-down farm looks like the real thing. Kris Kristoferson is his distant and mouthy father, a splendid choice for the role. Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Shue are just right in their parts--archetypical rather than stereotypical. The string music speaks of Kentucky, but not of the hills.
Morse plays the instrument of the sellout, money, power, and corruption, a voice that small time horse trainers will recognize as true. The conflict here is between values, the slick money men vs. flesh-and-blood people. The Saudi princes get a role in here, but they are neither bashed nor glorified. Kentuckians will recognize many bit players in here too, including jockey Tammy Fox.
Based on a true story, as they say. The first half of the movie could be based upon a lot of true stories. A lot. The last half of the movie is a fantasy, but we happen to know some fantasies that came true.
Not just that an independent smalltime horseman can win a big race, although that happens now and then--no, more often the way this fantasy works out is, that someone who loves horses gets to spend a lifetime working with them, while supporting their family, and free of the corruption of drugs and the cheap and commercial fast buck.
Independently poor--but by God independent.
Fanning stars as Cale Crane, the latest in a long line of horse people in the Crane family. The Cranes have fallen on hard times: their horse farm is being sold off piece by piece, Mom has to pick up shifts in a diner, and when one night a horse Mr. Crane is training takes a bad fall Dad loses his job and inherits the busted-up horse to boot.
Universally advised to put the horse down, Crane (Kurt Russel) instead plans to fix her up just enough so he can breed her. How that rather reasonable plan evolves into a plan to race the horse, whose name "Sonador" means "dreamer" in Spanish, is the fun of the movie and what makes it a notch above the typical "inspirational" story.
The first half of the film drags a bit (shots of clouds going by and grass standing still don't help), but it gets better, and Fanning as usual is great. I thought the young kids in the audience I was with would be bored by the relatively slow tone, but they absolutely loved the movie, and for the entire last five minutes of the film they were cheering and yelling and you couldn't hear what was going on in the film. Based on that reaction I give this film four stars and recommended it to families, especially those with any horse-loving girls. Just explain to your kids that jumping off the house roof onto hay bales is a bad idea, no matter what Fanning does.
As many viewers may know by now, Dakota Fanning is one major talent, a child actress who seems both believable and unique, a special soul who is so intensely involved in her performances that it is nearly impossible not to get caught up in her spell.
In this film, she plays the daughter of a man who is down on his luck, unable to catch a break. Somehow she manages to convince him that one horse is worth saving and then, possibly, able to race again.
Gotta give credit to Dakota Fanning and Kurt Russell for keeping this one believable and not letting it sink into the realm of sentimental pap. But it does not, resulting in a magical film which is also inspiring.
Try to catch this one on the big screen, as the racing scenes are much more intense that way. It'll still be good on DVD but I think this is one film which deserves to be seen in theatres.
Even though you might guess at the movie's ending just by knowing the basic plot, so is the same with almost every other movie in Hollywood.
The movie itself is very well done with an amazing acting performance by Dakota Fanning and by others in the cast. The plot is interesting and doesn't drag at any moment leaving the entire film interesting.
This is the perfect family movie or even good for a date or anyone who just enjoys good movies.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dakota Fanning and Kurt Russell play off each other very well...and who doesn't love a good horse story with a good race in the end? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Carolyn K Joyce
I loved the movie! Although it was inspired by a true story I was disappointed to discover through research that the true story did not end quite as happily!Published 1 month ago by Rhonda Bailey
This is a very good family movie. No cussing, no violence, no bathroom scene, just plane family adventure.Published 2 months ago by lovetoread