What Dreams May Come: An Incredible Eulogy

         What Dreams May Come (1998), directed by Vincent War, is one of my favorite films of all time. Not only does it have a good script with powerful language, but the graphic scenery gives the picture a surreal atmosphere that captives the audience.

         It also has two of the greatest speeches I have ever heard. One is the eulogy that the main character, Chris, played by Robin Williams, says about his young son during his funeral after his death:

         “There's a man Ian never got to know, the man he was growing up to be. He's a good-looking clear-eyed fella... about 25. I can see him. He's the type of guy men want to be around, because he has integrity, you know? He has character. You can't fake that. And he's a guy women want to be around, too. Because there's tenderness in him... respect... and loyalty, and courage. And women respond to that. Makes him a terrific husband, this guy. I see him as a father. That's where he really shines. See, when he looks in his kid's eyes and that kid knows that his dad really, really sees him... he sees who he is. Then that child knows that he is an amazing person. He's quite a guy... that I'll never get to meet. I wish I had,” according to IMDb.com.

         The second powerful speech is one said between Chris and his wife when he goes to Hell to rescue her. The lines are “Thank you for every kindness. Thank you for our children. For the first time I saw them. Thank you for being someone I was always proud to be with. For your guts, for your sweetness. For how you always looked, for how I always wanted to touch you. God, you were my life. I apologize for every time I ever failed you. Especially this one...,” according to IMDb.com.

         However, the use of color and artistic movement within the movie only adds the cinematic roller coaster that audiences will want to ride over and over again.

Rockelle Gray

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