I'm so glad I went to this. There were so many high angled shots of rooms with Peter in a bedroom as a child, and it reminded me of The Silence. It seemed like not many people in the theater enjoyed the film, even found some of the lines funny, but I found it to be romantic and charming. I saw Peter Ibbetson as a first step to movies like Inception and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. My favorite scene of the movie was when they were running away from their dream as it was falling apart, and they have to explain that they will probably have to fight through that for the rest of their lives. Yes, the movie is melodramatic, but it just works. It made me believe their love would be solidified in time. Nothing could ever tear Mary and Peter apart. They will always have each other within their dreams. And the movie's pure innocence was so perfect. When Gary Cooper is describing his want of the little 8 year old girl in a dress all I could think of was the longing of his past even though the chuckles in the theater made it clear it sounds like pedophilia. But I was so taken by the film that I felt like I was a part of everything. I wanted him to be a kid again, and Gary Cooper's face makes it easy to believe. He looks so young and innocent. The only thing I would have changed in the film was the ending.
I liked going to the end where Mary dies of old age, but it should have stopped there. It was perfect the way she died in his dream. Perhaps ending right after that would have been the best way to go. Or they could have shown her at her house and they pronounce her dead and Peter is sitting there all alone. We would feel sad, but they have fought through so much that death wouldn't even stop them. There was no need for the added ending where we see him die. But it was still a great film. I'm glad I stayed for it today!