The Secret behaves a lot for a new age philosophy but it really works. Be grateful to attract people who want to help you in business and life. Focusing on positive attraction achieves goals through ripple effects. A movie like you The Secret: Dare to Dream can dramatically convey The Secret’s message to mass audiences in Katie Holmes ’film. It is available on VOD July 31st.
Unfortunately, The Secret: Dare to Dream it’s just a generic film where the characters happen to talk about The Secret a few times. It even reinforces a bit of the hype that simplifies the philosophy to look like you don’t have to put any work into it. The Secret is more about becoming the kind of person who can make things happen, but it’s supposed to put a better film on their vision board.
Katie Holmes in ‘The Secret: Dare to Dream’
Miranda Wells (Holmes) is going through a rough patch. She is a recent widow with three children, overdrafted in her bank, late on the bills and a hurricane even destroying her roof. At least when she bumped into Bray Johnson’s (Josh Lucas) car, he takes it well and offers to help her with her car and other things he can fix.
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Bray explains the law of attraction for children, such as magnets. If you think positive thoughts, they attract positive things back to you. The children manifest a pizza, which Miranda Tucker’s boyfriend (Jerry O’Connell) had ordered for them ahead of time. Still, it’s a good example of how simple things can work so you can imagine bigger things. Tucker put the pizza in motion before the thoughtful children, but there is a connection to one with the universe.
The Secret Doesn’t Motivate Katie Holmes’ “Dare to Dream” Character
Unfortunately, Despair of Dreams it is really just the story of a man doing good deeds and a woman struggling to accept it. Even that story is just turning the wheels and running water because Bray is really there for a reason. The film only contributed ways to delay him by showing him up to Act 3. When he discovers, it’s something he could easily have said in front of her, and frankly he must have emailed her about it before he got to town.
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He also enters dangerous territory when Bray suggests that Miranda’s misfortune series is the result of negative thinking. Yes, of course there are misanthropes whose negativity attracts more negativity to them, but natural disasters and tragedies are not anyone’s fault. The suggestion that it might really turn people off to The Secret but luckily the film isn’t even consistent enough to stick to that theme.
It’s more bustling to form a love triangle between Bray, Miranda and Tucker just because they’re all there. The Secret: Dare to Dream he wasn’t interested enough in the love story to give Tucker a character that would make him viable from a distance as a partner, but he’s still there.
“The Secret: Dare to Dream” actually makes a stronger case for other philosophies
How Despair of Dreams dabbles in The Secret, ends up making a stronger case for themes that are not necessarily inherent to its core philosophy. “I don’t want it to be easy but I want it to be worth it” is a good message. Miranda isn’t looking for an easy way out of her problems, and no one should. What people should strive for is a life worth the struggle. Miranda ma. Things just happen to her.
Miranda’s mother-in-law Bobby (Celia Weston) constantly presses Miranda with advice and requests for home, for her love life, and so on. That is relevant. There’s always someone in your life being drained, wanting more, giving you pressure to do their things. That path never ends with satisfaction because even if it accommodates every request it will never be enough.
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Using the secret to break away from that cycle would be positive. Getting yourself on the path to accomplishing the pursuit draws more positive things into your life. And the fact that you want to know what you want before you ask for it. The first step that many people overlook is getting clear on your goals.
For a film about The Secret, it is disappointing that the biggest manifestations of this are ‘afterthoughts’, labels at the end of a scene or the end of the film itself. Despair of Dreams never show characters who work in the process of becoming the kind of people who can get what they want. The It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode about The Secret was more accurate. The gang brought it all wrong, but at least viewers could learn from their mistakes.