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In My Dreams (2014)

Romantic that I am, there was no way I was going to miss this television film – especially after seeing all of the trailers for it leading up to its premiere date.

Two lonely hearts, struggling in their careers and unlucky in love are about to meet… in the most unusual of ways. Natalie Russo (Katherine McPhee) stays busy running her family’s Italian restaurant and is happy doing so, but feels a desire to do something more, to insert her own “magic” into a business that is overrun with her traditional notions kept alive in memory of her mother. Nick (Mike Vogel) is a talented architect whose boss seems to stifle his ideas before they have a chance to grow. On a whim, both of them toss a coin into a wishing fountain which is the catalyst for their dreams and in those dreams, the two meet.  

According to folklore, anyone who wishes at the fountain can dream of their true love, believing this person they dream about is their other half, both Natalie and Nick begin a search to find each other… before it’s too late.

Implausible or not, silly or not, this movie is darling. As I tell any doubters in my family who lovingly make jabs at or pokes holes in the romantic movies I like (and I’ve been known to join in a time or two), “just go with it! It’s for the romance.” After all, without these sweet plots, how would we get our daily doses of a swoon-y romantic moment!? Just saying. This premise – using a fountain or coins as a catalyst, has a charming old-fashioned impression, likely it evokes that “feel” because of the classic films I’ve either been interested in seeing or have seen. That quality alone is enough of a “thumbs up” from me and other stylistic visualization helps present this picture. The progression of this script starts off slower than its counterparts though in doing so, it took its time to set up the characters and their lives prior to “complicating” things by entangling two strangers. Once the introduction is complete, things flowed better.

Something of a minor distractor on a technical front was the sound. There was a “muffled” quality to it or perhaps the background noise wasn’t distanced enough? Or maybe it was my television/the station airing and its DVD transfer will be fine. Either way, it was still easy to comprehend and follow, and didn’t detract from a lovely way to end a holiday weekend. Its cast was nicely blended – seeing Hallmark alums, veterans and of course, a popular singer/songwriter makes for quite a cast and all in all, everyone was smashing.  Equally so were their respective characters although I have to confess Nick’s choice in a girlfriend was ridiculous – all a part of the story to make the distinction that (obviously!) Nick and Natalie were meant to be. This is something that creates plenty of aww-inspired moments even in a state that isn’t reality.

If you like tender, romantic dramas, this one is worth a viewing. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea and that’s okay, but for this girl, it found the right balance between fantasy and reality with great importance placed on family, some neat vintage styling for its leading lady (can we take a moment to appreciate her shoes) and gorgeous scenery during the dreams. The ending was better than anticipated and it managed to be one of those stories I wanted to last another 10 minutes just for a more rounded sense of completion. All the same, it was “more” and gave its dreamers more than they thought possible. In life or fiction, that’s enough.

Catch encore showings of In My Dreams starting next week on the Hallmark Channel.
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  1. I watched it last night as well. The romantic in me loved it. LOL. But I did think it wasn't one of the best ones that the Hallmark Hall of Fame did. But still it was sweet and I sighed happily when it was over.

    1. Awesome! Glad you enjoyed it, Dawn. It might not be my very favorite from this series either however as you say, I thought it was sweet and definitely one I will enjoy re-watching - the romantic in me was all for this story and I loved the "exciting" dash to the end. :)

  2. I haven't watched a good romance in a while, this sounds really good!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. It was really sweet, Missie! The story and acting were really good. :)

  3. This just sounds lovely. I'm getting quite a list of movies that I need to see at some point. :)

    1. It IS lovely, Tressa. So much sweetness in this little film. Hope you enjoy! :)

  4. Awww, I wanted to watch this but Game of Thrones take priority over all else. :) I'm so glad you liked it, though, because now I have a reason to find it and watch it! Much as I love Game of Thrones, nothing makes me happier than cute, sappy, romantic things. :)

    1. LOL, I get that, Rachel - I know lots of Game of Thrones fans. ;) It's not really my cup of tea but I get that fan-girl priority mindset. Hope you like In My Dreams - it's wonderfully sappy romantic and that's why I adore it. You can catch repeat showings on Hallmark Channel this week if you're interested. :)


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