Fri. Jun 14th, 2024

If you’re like me and you’re tired of the random dramas of clichés, especially when it comes to horses, you’d probably be surprised at how good Euro Lyn’s dream horse is. And although it does not reinvent the wheel when it comes to storytelling, its perfectly balanced structure of heart, humor and drama allows it to go beyond all imaginable areas of predictability. The film follows Jan Vokes (Toni Collette) as she decides to breed a racehorse based on a true story. She persuades her neighbors to create a union and rides a horse with the help of expert Howard Davies (Damian Lewis). The mane gives birth to “Dream Alliance”, which will become an unlikely Champion racehorse, deliver Jan’s investment and make a small Welsh town proud. If you’ve seen a racehorse (or horse) movie, you probably know how it ends: the racehorse (and the city) will overcome great adversity and end up winning the biggest (or most daring) race of his career. However, it is the journey that makes Dream Horse such an enjoyable watch and one of the best feel-good films of the year.

“Feeling good” is a term that I rarely delete. I don’t want to sound snobbish, but how good can a Movie make you “feel”? First, there must be some form of pleasure in the environment, either through the script or through the plot. Even better, both! And you know what? Dreamferd finds this joyful exuberance through its sharp script and its wonderful show. Everyone here is at the top of their game, especially Toni Collette, who gives a quieter performance than Jan Vokes, but showcases her eclectic talents better than in any film in which she has appeared recently (less hereditary). Here It is Jan’s belief that Dream Alliance will bring a lot of success and prosperity to the city in a race, although he has about a 1% chance of propelling it throughout the film. Damien Lewis is also excellent as Howard Davies. Yet his arc is too formal to overtake Collette and other supporting actors who embody the purely joyful spirit of the city. They are watching not only a city become attached to a horse, but also an extended family forged on a single bond. And this horse allows a better quality of life in the city, awakening the grumpy spirit of citizens when they need it.

First of all, the syndicate only wants to earn money through Dream Alliance, because Jan is the only person who sees something special in the horse. But as the film progresses and the adversity of The Dream Alliance action continues, the syndicate begins to realize that it is not only about money, but also about horses. And what kind of horse is a dream wedding ring! I mean, every run he does is not only incredibly predictable, but also engaging. Of course, this is kind of an oxymoron to say, but it doesn’t matter where I wasn’t emotionally invested in the story. The characters slowly transport you to an isolated Welsh town with a strong sense of community while expanding into the more snobbish and aristocratic world of horse racing with a pure dream. For this reason, Dreamferd feels particularly human and believes in his emotional power. The comedy sequences are incredibly funny; the dramatic sequences strike the right emotional tones to make them bubble almost perfectly. These dramatic moments are reinforced by Benjamin Woodgates’ score, which strongly recalls the work of John Lunn’s compositions in Downton Abbey. As Dream Alliance continues to work, the reverb is amplified and the piano begins to ignite as if it were burning. This is a rare work of a film that seems so simple.

Mainstream movies rarely seem innovative these days, and if they are, they hurt at the box office. The audience needs a safe formula for them to really like something, not a Film that breaks everything they know about filmy language and challenges their opinions. Dreamferd doesn’t care: he follows the safest possible story and makes it wobble in certain regions. Although the relationships with the characters are strong, the story is not necessarily as innovative. Howard Davies has typical problems with his wife, who thinks he will lead her into more debt while betting on Dream Alliance to win races when he tries to prove to her that “it’s not like last time”, which they will argue about until their wife proves him right, then something magical Where have you seen that before? Oh yes, in almost all feature films of all time (uncut gems just dared to brilliantly undermine this plot). The same applies to the entire plot of Dream Alliance. We know exactly what will happen from the Moment he is born: he was born to be great and will do wonders even in the face of rejection, health problems and adversity.

But oddly enough, I didn’t care about the superficial plot of the film. Instead, I was swept away by her brilliantly written characters and a wonderfully balanced script that hit all the right notes for me. I am not someone who likes “well-being” or “comfort” films because I think that these terms do not reflect the Film as a visual and auditory medium, but rather banging. The dream horse is, no pun intended, an almost dreamlike image made in the same way as Seabiscuit or Secretariat – two modern staples of the horse racing subgenre. So, if you are looking for a pure escape in these [still] crazy times (get vaccinated, what are you waiting for!), then that could be it.

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