Let’s finally add Margaret’s mother, Rita (Wendie Malick), to the mix. Rita is an always disappointed mother and a highly-effective passive-aggressive. Rita gave money to Margaret to remodel their kitchen, but that money went to pay for Crystal surrogacy fees. And Rita is coming in for a surprise visit.
The joy of Beautiful Dreamer is its story and performances. It first felt like a Lifetime drama. I felt from the beginning, the story was lightweight and predictable. Then it wasn’t. Instead, the story grabs you because it takes you in different and unexpected directions and decidedly driven by its characters and their arcs.
“The joy of Beautiful Dreamer is its performances.”
Individual characters here are clearly defined. They have their own personalities, quirks, and viewpoints on life. Character development is something that is consistently lacking in standard indie dramas. While the tone of the film is like a stage play, the characters are also real in the way they act and speak. In fact, they deal with conflict like ordinary people…avoided it as long as possible in hopes it will just blow over, and then it doesn’t.
Honestly, if it weren’t for these characters and performances, Beautiful Dreamer would have been a lackluster story. Instead, it relies on its individual performances to not only bring it to life but then to service the story in need of it. It should point out that although Wendie Malick plays the typical disapproving mother. She’s just so brilliant at it. Her arrival in the story comes only at the right time and gives a burst of energy to carry the film to the finish line.
Beautiful Dreamer is a joyful, heartfelt drama about family, parenting, and friendships, that shines because of its down-to-earth characters breathing life into a light drama.
Beautiful Dreamer was scheduled to screen at the 2020 Method Fest.
"…Wendie Malick plays the typical disapproving mother. She’s just so brilliant…"