- 1 hr 17 min
The movie Dreamland is a wonderfully put together indie drama by first time director Jason Matzner. The story revolves around a pair of friends, Audrey and Calista, played by Agnes Bruckner and Kelli Garner respectively. Audrey and Calista are best friends and recent high school graduates living in a trailer park in New Mexico. Audrey is a bookish writer and poet, who dreams of going to college, but is stuck living in the trailer park, which goes by the name Dreamland, because of circumstances related to her best friend, as well as her alcoholic widower father. Calista, meanwhile dreams of one day becoming Miss America and bringing worldwide attention to the sickness that keeps her from pursuing much of a life outside the trailer park. The lives of Audrey and Calista are turned upside down with the arrival of Mookie, played by Justin Long, and his family as new residents to Dreamland. Just like Audrey and Calista, Mookie has dreams of his own. Mookie dreams of playing college basketball and has a scholarship offer waiting for him in Las Vegas. The two best friends each take a liking to the trailer park's newcomer, while at the same time Mookie falls for each of the two girls, but in different ways. Mookie falls for the sweetness, physical attractiveness, and brave in the face of disease that Calista exhibits while at the same time being unable to resist the mind, intelligence, and selflessness of Audrey. The triangle that develops between the three is intense, as all three have dreams to pursue and goals in mind in addition to deep affection for the other two. The plot does not follow the traditional and predictable path that ultimately leads to a happy ending for all characters. In the end, the movie portrays themes of loyalty, friendship, and selflessness in a realistic and captivating way. The characters experience pain, triumph, disappointment, and heartache in a way that is well acted and relatable for the audience. In addition to a strong story line, Dreamland also features great visual filmmaking and cinematography. Watching Dreamland gives the viewer honest and rare insight into how fleeting life can be and how difficult the choices and lives of young adults can be.