Dream Boy Reviews
I was surprised by this cute little movie. "Dream Boy" demonstrates how even the smallest movie can deliver a powerful, touching story. This one didn't move much from the starting point, but it delivers a very strong message, and it does that in a very beautiful way. I found the ending a little confusing, but in line with the rest of the movie. Many things are left unsaid and unexplained, but in this case I liked that. "Dream Boy" is a very peculiar, forgotten gem. Don't loose it.
Dream Boy actors Stephan Benders, Maximillian Roeg do a outstanding performance from the beginning to the end, and they have a good chemistry and well they are both cute!
The dialogue between the two was great and the other actors added more spark to the film.
Overall a great tragic love tale that the ending I wasn't really to happy with it, instead it made me shed tears, but this is how the film is, and it kinda reminded me of Romeo & Juliet type of take.
The film takes time to explain the two boys so it feels autobiographical in the first half. The second half is like a writer's fantasy. Max Roeg as Roy is the best actor here (he resembles his mother Theresa Russell and his father is the director Nicolas Roeg). The movie doesn't explain the sexual child abuse which is a serious crime and whether the boy reported it or his mother has any knowledge. Too bad, it could have been a much better movie on coming of age in the South.
There are many things that work right for this movie, but perhaps the biggest factor that helps it is that it can stir a feeling of nostalgia among gay viewers as it makes you remember the days in which you first had that first love or first crush, the days in which life was somewhat simple and all you wanted to do was spend your time with the one person that made you unquestionably happy.
There are some very serious and dark tones in the movie, which adds more to the interesting plot and will surely keep you absorbed in the film from beginning to end. Not bad for an independent film with a tiny budget.
The main problem I have with Dream Boy is the shallowness of its central relationship. There is very little dialogue between Nathan (Stephan Bender) and Roy (Maximillian Roeg), so their relationship comes across as being all about the physical aspect. True, Roy offers to take Nathan to a movie, but we never see such a scene, and the way nearly every scene with the two of them ends up with passionate kissing and sex, it's hard to see any genuine emotion in the relationship. Further, the characters' motivations seem like cop-outs: abuse and (maybe) horniness. This problem, at least, is more or less handled by the end of the film, but not clearly enough. It seems somewhat cowardly for the film to rely on such explanations, though I do appreciate that it also adds to the drama and suspense of the film.
Aside from that gripe, Dream Boy is still a sweet romance. It just doesn't have the depths you might hope for.