When the first serious Batman-film was released and Michael Keaton changed his outfit to a black plastic costume, it was also the year when the actor starred in a fun, little comedy named The dream team.
The story is how 4 mentally ill patients are allowed to leave the hospital under the watchful eye of their psychiatrist, so they can go and watch a baseball-game. Of course things go awry and before you know it, New York is (once again!) overrun by strange beings. This time no monsters or aliens, but that is not to say this crazy quartet of lesser humans won’t cause any trouble.
One thinks he is a reincarnated version of Jesus Christ, the other pretends he’s a doctor when in fact he’s tormented by an obsessive-compulsive syndrome to keep everything squeaky clean. Number 3 doesn’t speak word one except when the topic is baseball and the last one of the group is the sort of individual who may seem normal at first, but turns out to be a crazy guy with an uncontrollable desire for aggression.
They are … the Dream team.
As expected, Michael Keaton plays the main part as the psychopathic rebel (though he could’ve easily played any role. Keaton does his usual best as we’ve come to expect from him, but truthfully his character is barely interesting enough to file his performance as a ‘classic-Keaton‘. Beetlejuice this is not, which is not to say his performance will sparkle a few smiles here and there.
The group of crazies features another actor with a ton load of talent. Christopher Lloyd, who made the jump from an ordinary actor to being a serious A-list contender became famous, most notably thanks to Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the Back to the future-trilogy.
His character isn’t particularly funny, though the way the actor plays his role makes it all worthwhile. It isn’t so much what he says that’s funny, rather what he does – and how he does it! His facial expressions and the stiff-strange way he walks adds to the comedy. In a world of chaos and selfishness, he tries to keep a man from throwing a piece of paper on the street or is visibly shocked when passing a person dressed in old, raggedy clothes.
Third one of the bunch is yet another familiar face. At least for us movie buffs. Peter Boyle, the baldheaded actor who generally jumps back and forth between dramas and comedy with the greatest of ease. He played a small part in the classic Taxi driver and Monster’s ball, though felt just as comfortable being surrounded by a bunch of idiots in Mel Brooks‘ Young Frankenstein.
In this movie he plays a half-wit who talks nonsense that he’s the new son of God, and how his father, the Almighty Father, controls everything that happens around him.
His presence is both crazy and somewhat cool, but after a while you grow tired of him running around stupid.
did you know?
The title of the movie first debuted as the nick-name for the US National Men’s Olympic basketball team. The “Dream Team” name would continue to be associated permanently with the basketball team, but the film was first released before the nick-name was ever used!
Give it to me straight:
Aside from the awesome name of the title (which ironically enough is ‘never’ mentioned in the movie), the Dream team is the kinda movie barely good enough for a few laughs. The story is quite okay, but the film benefits from its multi-talented foursome who pull the movie to a higher level, like horses pulling a carriage.
Michael Keaton and Christopher Lloyd are truly inspiring, the 2 others are merely mediocre funny. All in all, this movie is perfect for a rainy Sunday or a relaxing Saturday afternoon, but please don’t expect to leave your seat with a bellyache from laughing.