Movie Review – Dreamcatcher (2003)

Rating: 7/10

Review: When the decision is made to adapt a Stephen King novel to the silver screen, there are three possible outcomes. The resulting film could be legendary, capable of transcending time and genre, as is the case with “The Green Mile,” or “The Shawshank Redemption.” It could be entertaining, successfully representing the standards of the genre, such as “Carrie” or “Pet Sematary.”

Or, it could be disappointing.

“Dreamcatcher” belongs to the third category. As a teenager, I had a hard time taking this movie seriously. As an adult, I can understand why. We can only assume the novel is much better than the movie, knowing King’s skill as an author, but the film is a jarring combination of drama and goofiness.

The redeeming performance in “Dreamcatcher” belongs to Morgan Freeman, who at times single-handedly pulls the film from the brink of cartoonish disaster with the severity of his character.

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