Dream Horse Review: Toni Collete And Damian Lewis Starrer Is The Sunshine Film To Drive Away Your Covid Gloom

Here is our review of Dream Horse starring Toni Collete, Damian Lewis, Owen Teale, Joanna Page and Karl Johnson among others. The film is directed by Euros Lyn

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Dream Horse Review: Toni Collete And Damian Lewis Starrer Is The Sunshine Film To Drive Away Your Covid Gloom

Predictable, though not in a blah way. That’s Dream Horse a tiny pretty sweet and tender film about a group of over-the-hill seniors in a sleepy Welsh town who decided to bring in some excitement in their frozen lives by investing in a race horse.

It’s a simple sports drama with a precise and unmissable message of hope and compassion, elevated to something more than an evangelical exercise in pulpit propaganda, by some excellent actors who believe in the prevalence of hope and goodness even in the dreariest of times. Also, the sedate energy (if that makes any sense) whereby the tranquillity of the milieu is never pierced but stirred, adds to the feeling of watching a film with not a single insincere bone in its body.

It all begins with bartender Jan Vokes (Toni Collette who looks like anything but a bartender) investing her hard-earned  savings in …no not a vineyard, but a mare. She then decides to ask retired towns folks to invest in the scheme to take the horse to the races.

Besides Collette who is razor-sharp with her grit, wit and passion, there is the wonderful Damian Lewis as a middle-aged man in a placid marriage wasting his time working in front of a computer. His awakening into a state of excitement is accompanied by his unsympathetic but not unkind wife (Joanna Page)’s realization of how little she knows about her husband’s disappointments.

These are characters in the winter of their lives looking for some spring in their gait. Director Euros Lyn lets the vast cast introduce itself to the audience. There is none of that common directorial anxiety as to how the audience will keep up with the head count. The broth of collective bonhomie bubbles happily, allowing us to sink  ourselves  into the  inspirational yarn effortlessly. 

Some of  the leaps of faith are achieved a little hurriedly, perhaps  to keep the proceedings on a tight leash. For example, Jan’s husband (Owen Teale) is an indifferent sloth one minute, not paying any attention to what his wife is saying. The next minute he is right beside her, selling  her equestrian  to prospective buyers.

Everyone has the  right to dream. Dream Horse, which was earlier made into a documentary, digs into a real-life incident and comes up smelling with  roses. By the time the last triumphant race happens the question, derby or not derby, has been duly answered. You will smile and sob as the horse named Dream goes through its journey from hope to near-calamity to rise again. As it gallops to victory, so does the  film.

Dream Horse may not spur you into standing up and cheering. But it will  most certainly make a tingle  run up your spine with its message of hope that is at once endearing and supine.

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