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Opal Dream Reviews

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½ August 2, 2017
I thought it was good but a bit confusing .
It is a bit sad if it was less confusing it would be good.

Lily age 10
June 28, 2016
A hauntingly beautiful Australian film about the power of belief, and of the love between siblings. Rex Williamson (Vince Colosimo) is an opal miner prospecting in the outback town of Cooper Pedy. When his daughter Kellyanne's (Sapphire Boyce) imaginary friends go missing after a visit to the family's mine claim, he searches for them, and gets accused of attempted theft from a neighbouring claim in the process. Faced with his father being charged with attempting to steal from someone else's claim, and the family being shunned by the community as a result, as well as his young sister becoming ill through grief for her imaginary friends, Rex's son Ashmol (Christian Byers) sets out to put things right. This review really doesn't do justice to this heart warming and unusual tale. This is an Australian co-production with the BBC, so watch out for some familiar faces in atypical roles.
April 4, 2016
Rating: 38%
Opal Dream boasts some thought, but the overly cliched script and unlikable characters just ruins the whole experience from beginning to end.
January 25, 2015
A heart-felt movie, That will never forgot it. Make sure you see the uncut version the cut one is flat.
November 4, 2013
Rather non consequential children's movie that runs low on fuel halfway through. The visuals are not quite as inspiring as the location would suggest and the characters are not as interesting as the story would make out. Still, there are some good roles played by Colosimo and McKenzie in particular and the story does meander through ok. Could've done with a bit more workshopping at the scenario development stage.
June 28, 2013
My Favorite PG-Rated Film Is 1977's Star Wars.
½ October 13, 2012
HATED IT. Saw it a few years back and thought it was just horrible and stupid. One of the worst I've ever seen
October 9, 2012
Unusual. Good story. Heartfelt, with some funny moments.
May 12, 2012
"When you believe in something, that's when it's real."
February 7, 2012
Why do great actors like David Field and Vince Collisimo jump on thin, flaky scripts like this? Opal Dream is interesting to watch for it's scenery(or lack of) in the town of Cooper Peedy, but apart from that it's just one for the kids.
½ November 1, 2011
Earnest performances and Peter Cattaneo's sympathetic direction gives heart to the simple, timeworn script. With its lessons of faith, family loyalty and the power of the imagination, this is one of the rare non-animated films parents can take their children to see. This is another tale about dreamers, transplanted to the Australian opal-mining hub of Coober Pedy, where the frenzied quest for the rainbow-colored gemstones creates a modern-day gold rush atmosphere. A family-oriented film that doesn't merely play lip-service to the power of imagination -- it actually demonstrates some of its own. While Opal Dream draws liberally on timeworn dramatic staples, it's the earnestness with which cast and crew believe in the material that keeps its dusty heart beating strong. It's tear-jerker material but ends up being quite touching, and it's a good choice for family viewing.

VERDICT: "Full Price" - My second highest rating (Positive to Mixed reaction). This is a rating to a movie I view as very entertaining and well made, and definitely worth paying the full price at a theatre to see or own on DVD. It is not perfect, but it is definitely excellent.
September 15, 2011
Pobby and Dingan will be always in my heart ...
February 12, 2011
moved me to tears!! :)
July 21, 2010
It's cute and perfect for children.
July 10, 2010
this was a marvellous movie. But the thing with the imagery people pissed the hell out of me! sorry. It really did. So three stars
January 26, 2010
Dream that gone amiss. Good pictures from Coober Pedy in South Australia.
½ January 8, 2010
Saw it on the library shelf and thought to give it a look. What a find! Beautiful story about real people, family, community and love. This could never have been done by Hollywood.
½ December 5, 2009
algunas personas que hayan tenido una infancia solitaria podrán sentirse un poco identificados con ésta película. Creo que es un poco exagerada la situación aunque soy consciente que hay niños así, pero en mi caso no fue a tanto...en el sentido de que era consciente que las demás personas no veían a mis amigos imaginarios =P
En sí la película tiene un bonito mensaje. Y los protagonistas son encantadores =)
½ November 30, 2009
This is definitely a film that will polarize its audience. On the one hand, it's a pleasant (albeit non-germane) 'family' film that never rises above its indie roots. On the other hand, it's too cloying for your average viewer. It's all very similar to the superior 'Lars And The Real Girl', and even though this technically came out first, I'd recommend that film over this one any day.

The acting is relaxed and believable, with the unfortunate exception of Sapphire Boyce's 'Kellyanne', who comes off as a tad wooden and her character more than a bit manipulative, which would be forgivable were it not for Christian Byer's deft portrayal of 'Ashmol'.

Direction, cinematography and screenwriting are all pedestrian at best, and with a title like 'Opal Dream', you might imagine a more colorful palette, but the dusty grey Australian outback proves to be more difficult to film than its source novella would suggest.

Recommended for families who find themselves weary of Hollywood's by-the-numbers filmmaking and would like to see something a little different.
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