Hey, Hollywooders! What’s Good in the ‘Wood?
I just got back from seeing the biopic, Dream Horse, one of the many new movie releases out now in movie theaters.
I took a look at theaters near me to compare movie showtimes and settled on going to the 5:20 p.m. movie showtime at the Landmark Ritz Theatre theater near me. I want to start by saying that I had the movie theater entirely to myself. Usually there’s at least one other person, but not this time, I felt like I was the only person for miles. So I put my feet up, ate my popcorn, and prepared myself for the emotional journey that was Dream Horse.
About Dream Horse
We are all familiar with films about racehorses, we know them and we love them. These types of films are bound to be tearjerkers, and this film was no different. Dream Horse is a quintessential racehorse movie with a bit of a twist. Rather than focus on the horse and rider, the film shifts focus to the actual owners of the horse.
Jan Vokes (Toni Collette) is a Welsh woman working as a cashier and just going through the motions of life. When Jan overhears a conversation at a bar, she decides that she is going to breed a racehorse and get back the spark she has been missing. She enlists help from the community to join her on the adventure of a lifetime. Howard (Damian Lewis), Phillip (Nicholas Farrell), Brian (Owen Teal) and others in this small town pitch in a little bit of money every week. From their efforts comes the racehorse, Dream Alliance, lovingly named by Jan Vokes (Toni Collette).
Dream Alliance, goes on to defy odds and rises through the ranks of the racing world, restoring hope to an entire community.
The film is a feel-good, heartwarming underdog story, and you can’t help but fall in love with all of the characters, especially Dream Alliance. The characters were based on real people, so it wasn’t hard to create a loveable “Motley Crue.”
Toni Collette is, as always, encapsulating in her performance as Jan, and the chemistry between her and her posse in the film is undeniable. In an interview with ABC Chicago, Toni Collette talked about how proud she was to play the role of Jan Vokes:
“I find it really inspirational that this hardworking, humble woman – who has a very simple life – has a dream and has the passion to follow it and ends up changing not only her life, but the entire community and country. The horse goes on to do amazing things.”
The real-life Jan Vokes can’t believe that her life was played out on the big screen, saying, “my father was a coal miner, and I was born and bred in a little village just up the road so to imagine that my life was going to be played out by a Hollywood A-listed actor, it’s just unbelievable.”
This classic underdog tale, displays the fairytale life created by Jan Vokes, and shows that we will always love an emotional racehorse movie.
Before seeing Dream Horse in movie theaters, see what others thought
Those who attended the premiere said the experience was ‘surreal’.
Really lovely, and odd, to watch @DreamHorseMovie with the real-life people sitting behind me, being played on screen brillaintly by Toni Collette, Owen Teale & @lewis_damian .
Director @euroslyn was there, too.#DreamHorse pic.twitter.com/OR0Hy1zMMR
— Kathryn Williams (@KathW80) May 23, 2021
Dream Horse will have you feeling all the feels.
Be entertained and feel the love by seeing #DreamHorse in theaters today! Toni Collette and Damian Lewis star in the year’s most feel-good film that will have you laughing, crying, and cheering up until the very end. 🐎💜💫 @dreamhorsemovie pic.twitter.com/MXJm4TxJOk
— Bleecker Street (@bleeckerstfilms) May 21, 2021
You may walk out of the theatre feeling courageous.
Yes we’re off to the races but #DreamHorse isn’t about winning or losing. It’s about courage, community and second chances. My review: https://t.co/FDALUwNDiF #DamianLewis #ToniCollette #HowardDavies #JanVokes #DreamAlliance #EurosLyn @DreamHorseMovie @bleeckerstfilms pic.twitter.com/EBI7g1ks6N
— Fan Fun Damian Lewis (@FanFunDamian) May 24, 2021
Proof that literally everyone is a Toni Collette stan.
— Alderna (@thealdywaldy) May 21, 2021
Self proclaimed “horse girls” loved the movie too!
Dream Horse isn’t just your typical horse movie. (And I would know, I’ve seen a lot of them because my sister is a horseback rider.) https://t.co/d0NySffzb8
— Nicole Ackman (@nicoleackman16) May 20, 2021
The horse’s name was very literal, but we’re still here for it.
When the horse in Dream Horse is named Dream Alliance pic.twitter.com/MhaXgZrMDt
— Braden (@bapoapst) May 18, 2021
“Endearing entertainment, crowned by the reliably excellent Toni Collette.” – Hollywood Reporter
Oscar-nominee Toni Collette & Damian Lewis star in the joyous and uplifting movie Dream Horse, opening in our main theater this Friday!
— theloftcinema (@TheLoftCinema) May 18, 2021
The look on Toni Collette’s face says it all.
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