Sunday, October 2, 2011

Dream House

If you’ve seen the previews for Dream House and you thought what happens is what I thought would happen then you are so wrong. I went to this thinking it would be a good way to kick off my month of scary movies. I chose the wrong movie for that.

According to IMDB: “Soon after moving into their seemingly idyllic new home, a family learns of a brutal crime committed against former residents of the dwelling.”

Kudos to whoever produced the trailer and also to whoever wrote the summary above. You totally set us up to believe something that was completely untrue. I love it!

Because this just came out Friday I’ll try not to give too much away. I will say that the husband and wife are totally dedicated to and love each other. I was worried about this at one point. I was wrong. I don’t know if Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig were already dating when they filmed Dream House but if they weren’t they did an excellent job of seeming as if they were in love.

There are so many things I liked about this movie but I can’t talk about them without giving away important information. Let’s just talk about the characters. Daniel plays book editor Will Atenton, a man who has been married to his job for years and has decided to leave it all to spend more time with his family. Until close to the end of the movie I never questioned his loyalty to his family. He loves his wife and adores his daughters. Well played, Daniel. Oh ! And his contract stipulation in which he bares his chest at least once held up yet again. We get to see his torso at least three times in the film. Woohoo!

Rachel plays Will’s wife, Libby. I’m assuming by the little we know about her that she’s an artist/interior decorator. I so want the plaid chair, by the way. She knows her husband. And by that I mean she really KNOWS her husband. She pays attention. He and their girls are her world. She can tell just by looking at him that he’s worried or possibly keeping something from her even when he’s trying to hide both emotions. Is this typical in most marriages? Sadly, I wouldn’t know. It wasn’t in mine. But that’s beside the point. I wish Rachel and Daniel the same kind of relationship in their real marriage as they had in the movie. Minus the few obstacles.

Libby and Will’s daughters, Trish and Dee Dee, are played by real-life sisters, Taylor and Claire Geare. I would love to be able to sit in on a movie set in which some of the actors are the same age as these girls. I wonder how many takes there were for any scene in which they were involved. I can imagine an adult having the complete attention of a child when it’s just one on one but these girls had to contend with not just their “parents” but also the film crew, probably their real parents and who knows what other distractions. I don’t know that I could do it. Oh wait. I do too. No. I couldn’t. These girls were great in their roles and I hope to see them in other movies.

And as for the title character of the movie… I want that house. Or the way it was at the beginning anyway. So nice. And I want my kids (when I have them) to have secret rooms off their bedrooms. That would be so cool. And I want someone to come decorate it for me because I really do have absolutely no sense of style.

Now on to other important matters. This movie was “Rated PG-13 for violence, terror, some sexuality and brief strong language”. Yup. That about sums it up. I’ll still break it down a little more.

Sex/Nudity – We know sex was had. We just don’t see it happen. The only nudity we see is Daniel’s bare chest.

Drinking/Drugs – There is champagne at the very beginning to celebrate Will’s going away but that’s it. We don’t see much eating or drinking at all during the movie.

Cussing – Yes. And it’s not surprising. You’d cuss too.

Violence – Yes. But not as much as I thought there’d be. The stitched up wound on the back of a character’s head was kinda gross but there’s very little blood and no gore.

Terror – I wouldn’t state it that dramatically. There was one part that made me jump but they show it in the previews so I was ready for it.

I think because of some of the movies PT has already seen that she would probably be okay this one. There was a family at the showing I was at who had children under 10 years of age, one of which looked to be under 5. I most definitely wouldn’t have taken them based solely on the previews and even if they did have all the facts I still think it should have been too much for kids their age. Maybe I should start fighting for theaters to actually enforce the ratings ages. If you’re under 13 you can’t go see PG-13 movies. If you’re under 17 you can’t see anything rated R. Whether you’re accompanied by an adult or not. I’m betting that wouldn’t go over too well with some parents.

Despite the rant above I would totally recommend this to anyone who likes a good thriller. If you’re like me and want to see something scary…not so much. Just get out of that mind set and you’ll probably like it. I did.

P.S. There is no reason to hang around through the credits unless you just want to.

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