Last night(March 21st, 2003) I saw Dreamcatcher, a film that I'd been highly anticipating since I saw the first theatrical preview which closely rivalled John Carpenter's The Thing(1980). So was it a good movie? I don't know. I'm not sure if Dreamcatcher was a good movie or not.
I can easily say that I enjoyed watching it for the most part, but I'm still not sure if it was a good movie. The first half was expertly directed, well written, taunt and tense. The final half was poorly written, had no direction, felt forced and idiotic, and all of the actors gave a half-assed performance, the movie lost all of it's energy and momentum.
This is the opinion of a person who hasn't read the Stephen King novel, nor do I plan to do so. I read that the last half of the movie is a far cry from that of the novel and I can see that, anyone can see that the final half was not something thought of by King. Even with that information, I've never really been a fan of Stephen King film adaptations: I loved Stanley Kubrick's the Shining, thought Shawshank Redemption and the Dead Zone and Pet Semetary weren't bad at all, and I totally hated Pet Semetary 2, the Green Mile, Hearts in Atlantis, Silver Bullet and others which have left my mind.
Dreamcatcher is a movie that is being totally bombasted by almost every critic in North America and being praised by a select few too. I personally don't think that it deserves either. There were things in the movie that worked, and things that didn't, no matter how you slice it, this is not a perfect movie, nor is it one so riddled with imperfections that it doesn't deserve a viewing.
I personally enjoyed myself while I watched the first half, I commend it for it's shocking imagery and slow tense filled moments, and when takes a nose dive into the asphalt with it's drastic change in tone, you can still enjoy it for it's sheer stupidity and inplausibility. It's a crazy, messed up ride, but if you get your mind around some of the idiocy of the script, you might find yourself having a good time. But for those of you who are fans of King and don't want to watch it because you know that it massacred his novel, I suggest you go find something better. Go watch the delightfully entertaining "the Faculty" starring Josh Hartnett or the best film that John Carpenter ever made(arguably), the Thing; both films share similar elements but are executed far more successfully, and are more enjoyable flicks.
-Andrew "Banky" D.