Movie: Dream Boy
Director: James Bolton
Writers: Adapted from the 1995 novel Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley and James Bolton.
Stars: Stephan Bender and Maximillian Roeg.
Rating: 3 Stars out of 5
A guest review by NathanV
Dream Boy follows the story of Nathan (what an excellent name for a lead character, I might add) as his family moves to the rural South. Nathan is intelligent and shy, but manages to strike up a relationship with his neighbour/bus driver/fellow school student Roy. Although Roy has a girlfriend and is Christian (like Nathan’s family), Nathan and Roy begin a romantic relationship after some after school tutoring sessions that Nathan provides. Additionally, it is clear that there is something quite unsavoury about the relationship between Nathan and his father.
James Bolton has made several other small gay themed films including Growing Up and I’m Fine and Eban and Charlie. He adapted the film from Jim Grimsley’s novel of the same name, Dream Boy. Jim Grimsley’s Dream Boy was the recipient of the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Book Award for Literature.
Dream Boy is a gay movie that has an excellent quality of production and the score, though mostly solo guitar and hollow, is still well recorded. In that respect, this film is a rare gem amongst the throngs of poorly made gay movies. However, the movie itself lacks in a few regards. The action of the film follows an obvious story arc, and allows you to see exactly where this film is going before you get there. Mostly though, the movie falls just short of being truly interesting and that’s a real shame, because one could see how this story, from such an excellent book, could have been an excellent movie. Moreover, there is something else about this movie that I really disliked, and this is more of a personal thing, but I hated the “ambiguous” ending. I won’t elaborate on it, because that would ruin the plot. That is not to say that I hate ambiguous endings, it is just that I dislike this ambiguous ending.
So is this a bad movie? Not at all. In fact, in the legions of truly terrible LGBT movies, it’s a great movie. However, in the grand scheme of things, it’s just an ok movie. If you’re out looking to rent a gay movie and you see this one on the racks, it is still a good decision.
Three stars out of five.