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Dragonfly (2002)

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Commentary 1: Director Tom Shadyac Rating:7.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on July 26th, 2012:Find all reviews by frankasu03
I'll give director Shadyac credit for his honesty; clearly his first foray into Drama was a walk into unfamiliar territory. Take the natural insecurity of a comic and amp it up exponentially in this case. Tom rarely takes a minute to breathe, and it makes for a very fun and engaging listen. This director had no qualms about asking his star and fellow director Costner for some suggestions on the set. When he's not plugging his latest venture (Bruce Almighty) or giving away spoilers to "What Lies Beneath," Shadyac gives his own insight in to spirituality and how he chose to address it in a Mainstream film. There are many revelations about the whole test screening process and what scenes he chose to omit, so as to keep the audience guessing about the films' ultimate reveal. I get the sense that Tom is so beholden to the opinion of others that he's unwillng to stick to his guns when it comes to decisions about his own film. You can imagine his constant struggle with finding the right tone in "Dragonfly." He even cut some funny one-liners, against his natual comedic instincts, to maintain the proper tone. All this ground is covered, as well as his own ties to St. Jude's hospital and his theory on spooky contrivances in films such as this. My favorite theory (with regards to spirits who play coy with major plot revelations) is that the receiver has to demonstrate greater faith along the way, in order to get the full message from beyond. Neat Commentary track 7/10