8:10 PM, 11th March, 1999
What Dreams May Come, based on the Richard (I Am Legend) Matheson novel, follows Chris Neilson (Williams) who dies in a car accident and winds up in Heaven. After an insider's view of death and a tour of the afterlife, Neilson's attention is drawn back to earth as his widow (Sciorra) plunges into depression and grief.
New Zealand director Ward (who at one time was set to direct Alien 3 from his own screenplay) certainly brings a strong visual style to this film from his previous films, such as The Navigator. The special effects are arresting and sometimes spectacular, and in places tie the film together where the story falters. The film has also been criticised for its somewhat New Agey and sentimental approach, although the ideas expressed in the film shouldn't be confused with how well-made it is (very, although it's not clear whether the afterlife sequences are supposed to elaborate on and lend emotional weight to the scenes of Williams' and Sciorra's real-life relationship, or vice-versa, which makes What Dreams May Come less focused than it could have been).
While I quite liked this film, just about everyone I know who saw it really disliked it, so be warned. On the other hand, the Internet-movie-geek community really loved it, and they were big fans of Titanic and Saving Private Ryan, so if you liked those films, you might like this one.