Sep 22 2011
I never have a forum to do it here, as it isn’t what this site is about, but I often like engaging in conversations about life, death and the afterlife with people, as I think it’s an absolutely fascinating concept to discuss. I won’t sum up my entire worldview, but suffice to say I don’t think anyone can know anything for absolute certain, but it’s very cool to see people try to represent their own ideas, particularly in film.
That’s the majority of the reason why I love What Dreams May Come. Robin Williams loses his wife to suicide, and must travel through heaven, purgatory and hell to try and save her. It shares much with Dante’s Divine Comedy, but with visuals to match the words.
This film was made in 1998, but even today its visuals are absolutely stunning. Williams’ ideal world is a literal painting brought to life, and the effect is one that stays with you. Similarly, Hell is absolutely terrifying, and the film goes from light to dark and back again with visual imagery that stands out in all its settings.
Sure, it ends up being a touch cheesy at points, but I think Williams does a great job as a man lost in the ether, and if this sort of topic interests you, religious or not, I highly recommend you give What Dreams May Come a chance.
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