Reviewed by (email@example.com)Vote: 9/10/10
What's up with all these negative comments? Out of all the comments I readon this site, less than one fifth of them are positive. I may not be oldenough to have seen a huge amount of movies, but I must say that as a 16year old, I truly enjoyed this movie. Of course, certain moments weremeaningless, some parts were a tiny weeny bit confusing, but you caught upwith the story within the next two seconds. The acting by the whole castwasamazing, the scenery was gorgeous, hehe and so was Vincent Perez! Themusicwas...um...well displaced at certain times, but overall the movie made mecry twice ( well many things make me cry so you might not want to takethatinto consideration ) the story was quite well constructed, the actors didagreat job. (I have an enormous amount of respect for actors as I want tobeone someday, so I do not believe that any performance can be bad, some canbe improved in certain ways, but nothing is ever awful and onlyconstructivecriticism should be given to actors. As I've always been told: If youcan'tsay anything nice, don't say anything at all. A few of the people whocommented on the performances should have been taught that.) I have giventhis movie a 9 out of 10. It may not be one of the best movies ever made,but not one movie has ever been absolutely perfect, and I truly think thisone deserves much better reviews that it has gotten, although that is JMHOand everyone has their own, so I'm not dissing anyone's POV. Well that'sallof my rambling for today ;)
Reviewed by (firstname.lastname@example.org)Vote: 8/10/10
When I read all the reviews I could about this movie, including specializedmagazines, I thought to myself that Kim Basinger had a bad dream after thegreat LA Confidential, one of my favourite movies of the 90's.
Now that I've seen it, I believe that 'I Dreamed of Africa' was not wellunderstood. This is a different movie, the story was written to showdramatic and common scenes of Kuki's life, trying to reveal that all dreamscan bring nightmares. And Kim shows us that she's a mature actress, not onlya sex-symbol. She had no glamour in Africa, but her sensuality is so naturalthat I thought to myself that she was the most beautiful animal in Africa.
This film deserved more positive reviews than it had. It's not worse orbetter than 'Out Africa'. Only different. And this difference makes itfabulous.
Reviewed bymed_1978Vote: 7/10/10
I rented this film a while ago on video and thought it was a definite8/10.
I have since bought it on DVD and decided to watch it again a few daysago. Although not having the same impact as my first viewing, here wasmy opinion.
I saw this film as a wonderfully photographed movie (based on a TrueStory) about a very strong willed woman "Kuki Gallman".
In the beginning we see her survive a horrific car crash and raising afamily by herself. She decides to marry a man called Paolo (VincentPerez) whom she has known only a short time. She likes Paolo a lot andsees that he is great with her Son Emmanuel, she makes a very difficultdecision against the wishes of her Mother (Eva Marie Saint) to move toAfrica to live with him.
Their initially idyllic life is shattered by confrontations withPoachers, Loneliness on her part (as her Husband likes danger and isoften away on hunting Trips) and culminates with immense personaltragedy.
The performances were very good in this Movie (including a pre-bondouting for Daniel Craig with an excellent South African accent) VincentPerez was excellent as Kuki Gallman's Husband Paolo. Overall KimBasinger was admittedly not up to the Oscar Winning Level of LAConfidential and did have a couple of poorly acted scenes, but alsoshowed flashes of dramatic excellence and touches the viewer in some ofthe more emotional scenes, So overall her performance was quite good.Eva Marie Saint offered a solid supporting performance as Basinger'sMother.
I have to say that it is obvious to me , film critics and a lot ofothers did not really give this film a chance and possibly compared itto Out of Africa. This is unfair as the film is set in different timeand about different individuals. I personally found this film much morewatchable than the aforementioned film but probably not as well acted.
Hugh Hudson has directed a great looking film, but the script neededadditional work, which would have improved the impact of some scenes.
All in all though this film is well worth your time, do watch it andform your own opinions. 7/10
Kuki, a divorced Italian socialite, changes her life after a serious car crash. She accepts a marriage proposal from Paolo Gallmann, a man she doesn't know well, and she moves to Kenya with him and her young son to start a cattle ranch. Challenges beset her, not the least of which is Paulo's love of danger and his leaving for days on end to hunt and fish with pals. She must face fierce storms, roving lions, venomous snakes, and murderous poachers, and she must find accommodation with a neighboring tribe. Her mother entreats her to return home. Can Kuki live her dream, tame Paolo, guide her son safely past the perils and errors of youth, and serve Africa?