I’ll See You in my Dreams (2015)
Carol Peterson (Blythe Danner) is a mature older woman who likes her life simple. Her husband passed away 20 years prior, and her circle of girlfriends often pressures her to date. After the passing of her 14-year-old dog Hazel, Carol decides to get out of the house to meet men, but she ends up creating a plutonic friendship with her 30-year-old pool guy (Martin Starr) who she goes to bars with occasionally. Carol begins to enjoy life again and even has the courage to start seeing a charming man her own age named Bill (Sam Elliott) who has a mysterious yet laid back demeanor.
I’ll See You in my Dreams is the kind of movie that has plenty of depth and wonderful messages for the audience yet does it in the worse ways possible. Frankly, this movie is sad, depressing and something I do not want to see again. I’m not saying this movie is “bad” by any means, but when a movie starts off as sad as it does, and ends the way that it does, one might find it hard not to be “in a funk” afterwards.
There are plenty of positive things I can say about this movie too. Blythe Danner is simply amazing and I wouldn’t be surprised if she is up for some awards come the winter. She is always charming and a pleasant to watch. The messages this movie tries to tell is also something to take note of, especially for the older crowd. Some people might see more into what the movie is trying to say than I did, but then again, I was too busy being sad. Sam Elliott, as always, is charming and someone the ladies will enjoy seeing. I actually wish there had been more of him in the movie as he is calming and represents comfort.
I wasn’t too sure about the relationship Carol has with her pool guy, but the fact that it is plutonic is a safe bet and one that doesn’t make the movie feel too weird (even though Martin Starr is.) I’m not sure what that relationship is trying to say, but I guess it does get her to start trusting other people with her time and energy which allows her to meet Bill.
When the movie ended, I couldn’t help but feel like there was a pit in my soul that needed something warm and happy to cheer me up. As a movie critic, I recognize a well made movie, and I’ll See You in my Dreams IS a well made movie, but because it left me on the verge of tears, I can’t say that this movie will be one I see again, nor one I tell other people to go out and see. However, I won’t tell people to avoid it either. This movie walks a fine line on who will like it and who will be too sad to be entertained by it. Enter at your own risk and bring tissues. Co-starring Mary Kay Place, Rhea Perlman, June Squibb, and Malin Akerman.
6/10 Stars – I can’t call this movie bad because of Blythe Danner and the production, but due to the depressing nature, I wasn’t entertained nor did I leave the theater feeling happy.