I really spent some time looking over the reviews of this one, every single one after it was just released here on Amazon. This was to see if it was one for me to even view, as I am not usually one to enjoy this genre in general. I am so glad that I did as they are all valid for their given reasons. *First off, I'll pass on the best piece of information I acquired - Please do not look at the trailer for this. It appears evident to me that this is marketed as an altogether horror picture with a PG-13 rating (I didn't view it thus), I just don't see it this way nor is it when you view it in its entirety. I found it smartly intriguing, especially after viewing it a couple of times. The movie appears to me as more a relationship story: suspenseful, a psychological thriller, and yes, horror-ish in parts. There are quite a few added in classic horror tidbits, nothing off-putting for someone like me who doesn't care for gratuity for its own sake. It does carry along an undercurrent of the supernatural and you do start to question what is real and what is not.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film and owe a lot to the reviewers for their time in writing. It is marketed wrongly so it could go totally unnoticed while it is a valid piece of entertainment. A chilling account that I was enthralled with beginning as novel writer Will (Daniel Craig) leaving work and then returning home to his close-knit family. Will's adoring wife Libby (Rachel Weisz) greets him along with their two daughters. The house is continually in a state of repair and is intriguing to say the least. During one night Will discovers, unbeknownst to him, that teenagers have broken into his basement so he chases them off of his property, bewildered by their motives. Things are getting more and more confusing, this becomes very dangerous for his once comfortable family. It is around this time that he meets his neighbor across the street, Ann (Naomi Watts). He seems to feel as if he may just know her more than what's apparent. There is also an interesting little cameo by Jane Alexander, that first comes into view at the genesis of the story. I wouldn't want you to read any more than the character set-up if you already haven't had this movie tainted with spoilers or watching the trailer (Again, please abstain if possible).
"Dream House" does boast a stylish and haunting cast that is not shy on chemistry in the two leads. Craig and Weisz have a distinct and completely believable attraction which is now quite understandable. Along with the interesting acting, add Naomi Watts to this duo for one more. There is just as much warmth, at times, to this as there are suspenseful moments and a lot of it if you have your eyes peeled all around and all of the time. These actors keep you present in the moment and in the movie. By the way, I loved the ending of which I certainly was not expecting. It gave me a cynical smile from this taut and engaging film.