Review of The Secret: Dare to Dream (The Secret: Dare to Dream) directed by Andy Tennant and starring Katie Holmes, Josh Lucas and Jerry O’Connell. In theaters from October 23, 2020.
It is no coincidence that The secret: dare to dream leave an important feeling of being obsolete: in fact it is that you are very late. In the mid-2000s the self-help book “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne, which spoke of the “law of attraction”, was among the most widely read. It seemed that nothing else was sold in bookstores and it was the recommendation of everyone, looking for a certain positivism to be hooked on.
The idea is that the more you think about something and want it, the more likely it is to happen. Something like a positive attitude towards life will attract positive things to her in the style of what Paulo Coelho advocates … “When you want something, the whole Universe conspires to help you get it”. Ha!
The imagery that has been put at the service of this pseudoscientific premise is immeasurable, which, to put it mildly, has done a lot of damage by turning the mantra into something clumsy and tiresome.
Perhaps the worst thing is that this blood sausage gets into a romantic drama designed for television that has little to offer: the script is simple, it is predictable and it is worthy of an after-dinner of those that include a quick nap … Come on, what else that The secret: dare to dream should be titled The secret: dare to sleep for a while.
The secret: dare to dream tells the story of Miranda Wells, a widow with three children who, after a terrible storm, hires the services of Bray Johnson to fix the house.
Bray is a mysterious and charismatic man who believes in karmic power of positive thinking, specifically the three-step process of asking, believing and receiving, whose ideology he shares with the family as they get to know each other better.
Soon Miranda realizes that Bray has a secret connection to his past, but that does not prevent him from accepting the marriage proposal of his partner, a very busy businessman but with whom he has a long-term duration.
In view of the poster, it is clear that one of the main virtues of the film is its cast, led by Katie Holmes (The Boy: The Curse of Brahms) and Josh Lucas (Le Mans ’66) who have good chemistry on the screen but, honestly, it is even angry that they waste their talent on a film so anodized and unspecific that it tries to fictionalize the book from which it takes the title without any kind of narrative pulse, of critical update or script twist that manages to surprise the audience. In addition to the stereotyped and stupid side that are played by Jerry O’Connell and Celia Weston.
Directs and co-writes the script Andy Tennant (The Kominsky method) alongside Bekah Brunstetter and Rick Parks. And, the truth, it would be better if they had been more faithful to the idea of focusing on a love triangle in order to infuse the project with some passion because it is still an entertainment film that not only does not fulfill its mission but is soporific. The mystery that surrounds the character of Josh Lucas is the only thing that manages to catch the viewer’s attention for a while and is resolved with some flashblacks that give a little embarrassment to others because of how poorly inserted they are in the narrative and their clumsiness.
In short, The secret: dare to dream It has difficulties to take advantage of its strengths and it is too long to tell an unoriginal and less substantive story. Perhaps it could have been saved by cutting off some clumsy dialogue and eliminating some of the cheap sentimentality with which the drama is dressed. Maybe if we want it very hard, we get it to be fulfilled … no, wait, in the end we believe it and everything …
Closer to a telefilm than to a movie worthy of being released in theaters, The Secret: Dare to Dream is an unambitious film shot without much conviction and with an urgent need to reduce footage. It could have used a bit of scissoring to lighten it up as the plot is so predictable.
Nothing is discordant with the expectations placed on the film: it delivers what it promises, without major complications. She is very white and well-meaning.
It is anodyne, it is out of date and the story seems quite out of date. It doesn’t have much to offer.
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Review of The Secret: Dare to Dream, with Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas