3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

Black comedy so black it’s verging on psychological horror.

Paul (Nicholas Cage) is a dull, middle-aged college professor who lives with his wife and kids. His humdrum life takes a dramatic turn when he starts to appear in people’s dreams.

It makes sense that Ari Aster (Hereditary, Midsommar, Beau Is Afraid) is the producer – because things get so horrifically dire in parts. It’s similar to Beau Is Afraid in that sense, but without the same intensity and classic horror elements to go with it. And you’re left with the same uneasy feeling afterwards.

I suspect that Nicholas Cage enjoyed playing this character, it shows in his performance. Although I wouldn’t say award-winning, it’s absolutely solid.

Somehow this feels more like a TV show than a movie – perhaps a mixture of it being a small production and also because you don’t see a straight-up black comedy in the cinema too often. Similar to Triangle of Sadness, much of the comedy is social commentary – both amusing and interesting – however not something that will leave you in stitches.

Dream Scenario premieres in Sweden on 2 February.



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