I find it bemusing that this flick is rated below 6 by the several thousands who have "voted." Despite the fact that at my age, 86 and counting, I cannot hear, therefore must rely on closed captions and totally miss the music score as well, and my dimming visual capacity further delimits my perceptions and appreciations, I found this venture both adventurous AND trailblazing, as in the "psychic" realm. Who among us has NEVER 'experienced' a qualm or quivering at some point in his or her life? I mean the wonder at whether or no there lies something beyond our physical ken. And whereas the protagonist's seemingly incredible finding of his own little daughter in an Andean rainforest is both 'corny' and 'happy ending,' was it not an altogether LOVELY cinematic experience? It continues to be evident, to me at least, that the great bulk of the "public" out there continues to labor under the conventional "wisdoms" of the ethnocultural majority, which, to me, is "slavery" of the worst esthetic variety. Kevin Costner, take a bow here, along with the writers and producers.
Reviewed by Prismark105 / 10
Getting the message across
Dragonfly is an uneven supernatural thriller starring Kevin Costner who plays a bereaved husband Dr Joe Darrow whose pregnant wife Emily was killed in a bus accident while working for the Red Cross in Venezuela.
Joe becomes convinced that somehow his wife is trying to contact him from the other side. This includes a dragonfly paperweight that suddenly rolls off a table and his wife's patients in hospital who are kids being treated for cancer claiming to have been contacted by her.
Joe's friends become concerned that he is going mad and his hospital bosses want him to go on extended leave.
Director Tom Shadyac resorts to horror film style jolts and suspense. However as Joe's behaviour becomes erratic we just end up thinking much early on why does he just not go to Venezuela to find closure especially as his wife's body was never recovered.
Of course eventually that is what Joe does leading to a sentimental and a not very surprising ending.
Costner is in his element by putting another maudlin performance but the film becomes too corny and mawkish too often.
Reviewed by Leofwine_draca6 / 10
A supernatural story that plays it safe
Dragonfly aims to be a spooky, supernatural thriller in the same mould as THE SIXTH SENSE, WHITE NOISE and THE MOTHMAN PROPHECY, but the sad truth is that the film's structure can't retain the right atmosphere to last an entire running time. So what we have is a film that starts off pleasantly chilly but ends up as an ultimately routine and predictable storyline with the usual heartwarming Hollywood ending.
Kevin Costner, who doesn't seem to have been around much since the the dual-disaster of WATERWORLD and THE POSTMAN, puts in a decent turn as Joe Darrow, a grieving doctor who becomes convinced that his dead wife is attempting to contact him from beyond the grave. It's a performance that gets gradually more frantic and desperate as the story progresses, with friends and colleagues disbelieving as they seem wont to do in these movies. The central character arc is fairly predictable in these kinds of films, but I thought that Costner did a good job with the material. He reminds you why he was once an A-list actor, even if ever so briefly.
The scare scenes are fairly predictable and despite a few elements of fun with a talking parrot there's little here that hasn't been done before. Some good turns are elicited from the child actors in the cast and there are some familiar faces giving solid turns – Joe Morton, Ron Rifkin, Kathy Bates – so it's a real shame that this ends up as one of those films that seems to write itself into a corner, leading to a third act which goes for the safe and routine rather than the challenging. It had the potential to be so much more than just pleasantly spooky on occasion.