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DREAMER is deeply gratifying. Dakota Fanning is brilliant in DREAMER, but so are Kurt Russell and Kris Kristofferson. This says a lot about the writer and first-time director John Gatins. He has brought the best out of his cast and out of the story he wrote. Sports movies are difficult, because they seem to follow the same plot points, but DREAMER keeps you on the edge of your seat to the very last moment. DREAMER also has a strong Christian worldview with great moral lessons. Audiences should gallop to their theater to see it.
(CC, BB, L, V) Strong Christian worldview with critical turning point dreams being attributed to God and a main character’s religious faith is highlighted; strong moral and family points, including rejecting a bribe, rejecting selling out, loving your children, taking responsibility, giving up your dream for others; two or three obscenities; little girl gets carried away by galloping horse (very scary), horse and jockey have a frightening fall that breaks the horse's leg and jockey just misses being seriously hurt, horses kick each other on hind legs with little girl standing nearby, jockey shows scars from fall during a race; no sex but hugging and friendly kissing; no nudity; no alcohol or smoking; and, everything bad is rebuked.
DREAMER is an extremely entertaining movie with seamless script construction, direction, acting, and music.
DREAMER tells the story of a little girl who lives with her father, mother and grandfather on a broken down horse farm in Kentucky. The family used to be at the top of thoroughbred racing but has fallen on hard times.
In the opening scene, the father, Ben, a horse trainer, tells the racing manager who manages horses for an Arabian prince that his prized horse, Soñador, should not run because her leg is a little hot. However, the manager insists on making the horse run because the prince wants to defeat his brother’s horse. Of course, in the middle of the race, Dreamer, as the Spanish name means, falls. The manager fires Ben when Ben refuses to put Soñador down because his daughter loves the horse. Ben decides to take the horse back and try to help it recover so he can breed it. He has two Mexicans who are helping the training. He promises them that they will get a cut of the breeding income. When the horse recovers, they discover that she is infertile. Things go from bad to worse, and the only chance of recovering the expenses is racing Dreamer in the Breeders’ Classic.
Dakota Fanning is brilliant in DREAMER, but so are Kurt Russell and Kris Kristofferson. This says a lot about the writer and first-time director John Gatins. He has brought the best out of his cast and out of the story he wrote. Sports movies are difficult, because they seem to follow the same plot points, but DREAMER keeps you on the edge of your seat to the very last moment.
One of the Mexicans, Manny, has several key lines in the movie, which relate to dreams given to him by God. Dakota’s character, Cale, urges her father to have faith. Ben learns how to recapture his dream, reconnect with his daughter, love his wife, and stand on principle. Bribes are rejected, selling out is rejected and simple Romanticism is rejected.
DREAMER is a deeply gratifying movie that needs to be discovered by audiences who will love it.