Best Romantic Movie 2017
"Thank you....for gracing my life with your lovely presence, for adding the sweet measure of your soul to my existence.”
What is it about love films that captivate us?
After Chris Nielsen (Williams) dies in an accident, he tries to remain close to his beautiful mortal wife, Annie (Annabella Sciorra). With the friendly spirit (Gooding, Jr.) assigned to guide him, he begins to adapt to his new state of being in a setting that can only be described as heavenly. But when his distraught wife takes her own life...
A Love That Transcends Heaven and Hell
Originally a book written in 1978 by Richard Matheso, What Dreams May Come was made into a movie starring Robin Williams.
The story settles around a picturesque family of 4. Husband and wife Chris and Annie and their 2 children Ian and Marie. Chris is a successful pediatrician and Annie finds equal success as an artist. You see their relationship evolve over time and a perfect love with deep mutual affection develops between them. At the peak of their marriage, tragedy strikes and both of their children are killed in an automobile accident. This has devastating consequences not only for Annie and Chris individually but to their marriage as a whole. Annie eventually is committed to a hospital after a suicide attempt and the couple near divorce. Because of their mutual love for one another, both want what is best for the other. Annie wants Chris to forget about her and move on. She is unable to stop the torment within herself and feels she is taking Chris down with her. Chris feels he can no longer help bring Annie back and her constant pushing him away makes him feel it would be best for her to be left alone. However, Chris decides to give the marriage one last push and bring Annie back to him. On the surface, he is successful and Annie is released from the hospital. Annie's world, in her own mind, is void of life. She can barely function each day and if it were not for Chris helping and guiding her along the way, she would be lost forever. Chris is the only thread of life she hangs onto anymore. When Chris is killed in a car crash, this is all too much for Annie to bear. She can no longer live in this world without her children or Chris. She commits suicide to end her suffering.
In the afterlife, each person creates their own journey. When Chris died, his world consisted of real landscapes made out of paint. He adored paintings when he was alive because they made Annie happy. You can see how Annie fills every part of his soul even in death. When Marie died, her world consisted of a Diorama that she saw when she used to play games with her father. For Annie, her world is dark, terrifying and void of any real meaning in life. There is no love. Her world is her thoughts. Just as in life, she could not pull herself out of her own despair and now she is destined to live in her own warped mind. This is not punishment. Everyone creates their own world and this is the one she has created for herself. When she and her husband were alive, she was very much lost in her own dark mind. It was Chris that continually pulled her back and out of the fog.
Once Chris learns of her suicide and the mindset she is playing out for herself, he decides that once again, he must be there to help pull her back. He tracks down her world and enters it knowing that it is a very real possibility that her thoughts can become his and he will suffer in her Hell with her. Though his primary goal is to reach out with her and pull her back, he is content with knowing that he would still live in this tragic world if it meant he would be by her side. Just as Chris is about to lose his own mind, Annie finally realizes that she is the one creating this hell and pulls herself and husband out of it.
The end shows the entire family reunited in their version of Heaven. Chris and Annie decide that they would like to be reincarnated and give life a second try. They return to Earth as babies and a final shot is shown of the two of them meeting once again as children.
Movie Vs Book
Was the book or movie better?
The book by Richard Matheson
If you liked the movie, you will love the book. But I must say it is quite different than the molvie. I don't want to spoil everything but will say that the ending (and even the beginning) is far different than the movie.