I hate ‘em, as a general rule. I don’t think I’ve ever used one. (I hope not). I can’t remember. Someone will let me know. Dreams in real life are great. They can tell us things about ourselves – specifically what is bugging us, and what anxieties we need to address. In fiction though, I roll my eyes, because it’s lazy.
I can think of a few instances where dream sequences worked well on screen. “Memento”, for example is …and then I woke up, and then I woke up, and then I woke up. Which is fascinating. “Inception” did this too, but I had a big problem with “Inception”, which is, why would someone go to all that bother? It seems like an incredible (incredible as in unbelievable) investment to get what you want. I had a trouble suspending my belief because it seemed the whole concept was flawed in the first place.
“The Big Bang Theory” often has a little dream sequence as an epilogue to the story that they have just told, and I do enjoy these, because they are strictly tongue in cheek, and the premise of the plot doesn’t rely on information revealed in a dream sequence. It's just for fun.
I can’t think of a dream sequence that has worked particularly well in fiction.
Can you think of one?
What was it about the use of the dream sequence that made it acceptable to you?