Beautiful, dreamlike images.
Review by: MiamiMovieCritic
Added: 8 years ago
Honda The Dream Comes True tells the true-life story of Soichiro Honda, who founded the Honda Motor Company and was once described by People magazine as the Japanese Henry Ford. But all of that came later. The film focuses on Soichiro’s early days as an artist and bicycle repair boy.
You might want to know this going in: this animated movie is essentially a commercial for a car company. I’m here to review the art, not the way the art has been put to use. And judged purely on artistic terms, Honda The Dream Comes True offers conjures up a series of beautiful, dreamlike images.
The narrator is Soichiro’s childhood friend. When the boys ride their bicycles up a hill, the camera switches to Soichiro’s POV, so we see the subsequent wipeout through his eyes. The central event of the film – and of Soichiro’s life, apparently – is “that magical night when an idea illuminated his mind.” From this point on, the action takes on the surreal logic of a dream. A few images stand out: the color of the moonlight, Soichiro’s glasses with their rectangular-shaped frames, and the white uniforms of the workers.
My advice is to ignore the corporate tie-in. Instead, you should take the film's images – and its message about following your dreams – to heart.