Miles Joris-Peyrafitte’s Dreamland is a modern work of art. The film features beautiful performances by Margot Robbie and Finn Cole. The time-period, set in the 30s, plays a vital role in the story. Underlined by stunning cinematography, the direction and acting make for a raw and engaging film.
Visual Storytelling at its Best
The cinematography in Dreamland demonstrates the power of visual storytelling. From the film’s opening frames, we get a sense of the massive landscape. The camera captures the dusty barren plains and poverty-stricken people. Yet, within all the harshness is a tender connection between Allison (Margot Robbie) and Eugene (Finn Cole). Their interactions are made much more intimate by the camera. It highlights the bond they develop with tight close-ups and long takes.
Directing in the Dust
The direction in Dreamland gives the film a realistic quality. While the film is a romance in a sense, it is not a naïve one. The connection between Allison and Eugene does not soften the stakes or harshness of the setting. Miles Joris-Peyrafitte emphasizes the tragic elements of poverty and depression. Out of those themes, we get a raw and realistic connection between the main characters. Even as their relationship blossoms, the story ends with the harsh consequences of their choices.
Developing a Connection
Unsurprisingly, it is Margot Robbie and Finn Cole that sell the romance. They establish strong chemistry in their first scene. As the film progresses, we see the bond between them grow and develop. By the end, their bond leads to tragedy. Margot’s experience as an actress plays well into the story. She seems to guide the on-screen relationship opposite her lesser-known co-star. However, the two always seem to be on equal footing in terms of raw believability. Together, Robbie and Cole demonstrate the meaning of on-screen chemistry.