I actually liked Dreamcatcher enough that I saw it twice. However, this
be mostly due to the fact that I really liked Jason Lee as Beaver and
Timothy Olyphant as Pete. Regardless, this was actually a movie I did
I was not particularly interested in seeing Dreamcatcher initially. And
is me, who wants to see every scary movie. Not Scream type horror, but
certainly of the creepy not entirely natural variety: Ring, Resident Evil
(is that even horror?), you get the idea. However, my sister and her
convinced me to go. After seeing an interview with Jason and some video
clips from the movie, I was actually more enthusiastic.
Part of the reason I did enjoy the movie is because of the younger era
flashbacks of the four friends. It had a kind of supernatural stand by me
feel to it for those scenes, and I'm quite a fan of Stand By Me so that
appealed to me. It also appealed to me because it did seem like a nice
jump-out-and-scare-you horror. It's no psychological thriller which relies
on your own imagination to scare you (and the fear stays with you well
you're done seeing it). It's much more blood and gore and chase the
down kind of fun, which thrills you while you watch. I just love horror
movies - any kind.
Also, I think that the movie did manage to get you to like most of these
characters. Beaver was just loveable off the bat because of his
and his general charm. (I think Lee did a great job). Timothy Olyphant's
character was also likeable (whether or not that it attributed to his
skill, I don't know. I'm a horrible judge of acting, so I could say good
not really know the difference.) But I think his introduction scene worked
well to help you connect to him despite his limited screen time (compared
the other "main" characters).
Thomas Jane and Damian Lewis were well enough. I don't think I grew
particularly attached to either of their characters - Jonesy or Henry. And
I'm sorry but the whole "british" Mr. Gray really threw me. It seemed so
oddly thrown in - Why would an Alien speak with a British Accent? I
on some level it was to draw a distinction, but still.
Morgan Freeman, I love him. I can't be unbiased about his role, because I
just love him too much. I also liked Tom Sizemore, or at least his
was very likeable. And talk about creepy: "No infection here." stuff.
The effects were well done (I think) and I liked the soundtrack. That
opening main theme, I want it! It was great and creepy and mysterious. I
think the composer was the same guy who did the theme music for
and Signs, and well, I like those too.
What can I say? The show entertained me. Maybe it's not a masterpiece but
think it was money well spent. I wasn't bored at any time. I was
in how everything came about. I can completely see why those who read the
book first would be disappointed. I read the Harry Potter books prior to
seeing the movies and I hate every change they made - and that movie is
always said to be so faithful. So I can see people's issues with the end
I think a lot of the other reasons people dislike the movie is that it
have a lot of different ideas coming together. I read a review critiquing
it's various directions, but honestly, I think all the different pieces
together fine as a cohesive whole. I understood the storyline and I wasn't
jarred by flashbacks or scene changes. To me, it flowed, made sense. I
connect the dots easily enough.
And hell, if that ripley red-fungus s*** isn't enjoyably disgusting, I