'Dreamer' is heartwarming family fare

October 25, 2005|by HIRA ZEB and FEDORA COPLEY


"Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story" is the story of a Kentucky racehorse trainer (Kurt Russell) and his daughter (Dakota Fanning), who work with an injured horse to prepare it to race in the Breeder's Cup. "Dreamer" is rated PG for brief, mild language.

Hira: When I heard of this movie at first, I thought it was going to be a big deal with all the little kids, especially little girls ... and I was right.

Fedora: Yes, the movie was a little too sappy for most teens, I think, but for parents it is a cute movie to see with your child.


Hira: It definitely showed an evolving relationship between a father and daughter.

Fedora: The father-daughter relationship, although original in some aspects, was a little too clichd. There are a lot of movies with such relationships, so it wasn't very fresh.

Hira: The overall movie was a little too trite for my liking. I was amused when the entire theater broke out in applause at the final scene. But I wasn't really surprised, since the audience was basically mother-daughter duos.

Fedora: It was cute though.

Hira: Dakota Fanning seemed nearly perfect for the role. She plays up that innocent aura to the max.

Fedora: She was perfect for the innocent girl gaining maturity in hard times. Her acting improved as the movie became more interesting.

Hira: The movie started out slow and bland ... I was starting to think there was no plot to the movie, but eventually the drama emerged and it wasn't half bad.

Fedora: Yes, it is a cute, thoughtful movie for families, but a little too warm and fuzzy for teens.

Hira: I think it was meant to cause some tears, but my eyes were dry throughout the movie.

Fedora: Some plot elements, like the father-daughter crying moments, were overused, but, overall, there was good development for a lot of the characters.

Hira: I agree. As the movie went along, the story became better and so did the acting.

Fedora: I especially enjoyed the comic relief roles of the father's two Mexican assistants. They added some texture to an otherwise bland cast of characters.

Hira: They lightened the atmosphere. I actually laughed at their comments.

Fedora: The dialogue was pretty natural sounding, although some lines were just too sappy or clichd for my taste.

Hira: I did enjoy looking at the different horses in the movie. They were just magnificent.

Fedora: The horses were excellently portrayed as calm, wise creatures who were more than just steeds.

Hira: Overall, I think the lesson learned in this story is one that reaches out to young children and provides them with a sense of continued hope and perseverance.

Fedora: Yes, the classic follow-your-dreams-no-matter-what kind of moral.

Hira: Timeless words that never disappear.

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