When I saw the DVD cover art, I thought Dream On might be a cartoon. It’s actually a live-action movie, but with comic book references and a little bit of a comic book feel. Odd characters surround the male lead at a Welsh campsite during the 1980s.
Denise (Janet Bamford) badgers and smothers her teenaged son Paul (Bradley Cross) to the point that he initially seems unable to speak. Shortly after they arrive at the campsite, Paul encounters London teenager George (Joe Gosling). George rivals Denise in pushiness but quickly wins Paul over with his charm. The two boys become more than friends.
Angharad (Emily Spowage), the daughter of the camp’s owner, also grows on Paul and later sets off on an adventure with him. It all stays light at first, with deliberately exaggerated character traits. Still, Dream On slowly becomes darker after time has passed and Paul returns for a promised reunion with the free-spirited George.
Paul not only learns more about George but also starts becoming more open about his feelings for him. The story takes surprising turns from there.
Lloyd Eyre-Morgan wrote and directed this film adaption of his play. I would like to see it performed live as well. Eyre-Morgan throws odd, strong-willed people together in confined settings and lets viewers enjoy the results. I can easily see why his actors would enjoy their roles, even as some of the less likeable characters.