|Released||Jul 01st, 2000|
|Cast||Teri Starr, Brad Armstrong, Jenna Jameson, Temptress, Asia Carrera, Randy Spears, Jessica Drake, Herschel Savage, Evan Stone, Stephanie Swift, Johnni Black, Alexa Rae, Bridgett Kerkove, Amber Michaels, Sydnee Steele, Felecia, Dale DaBone, Devin Wolf, Napoleon, Dic Tracy, Inari Vachs|
|Critical Rating||Not Yet Rated|
Borrowing artistic and story elements from 1980s fantasy flicks such as Legend and Labyrinth, the stage is set for an elaborate journey that manages to intrigue, arouse and inspire, all at the same time.
This film is a fantasy in the classic sense. In order to get the most out of it, viewers must be willing to part with the everyday world for a couple of hours and allow themselves to be swept up by the power and mystique that fills this movie from beginning to end.
Jenna Jameson, in her 25th picture for Wicked and perhaps the strongest acting performance of her adult career, is enchanting throughout the movie. Whether it's her flawless delivery of dialogue, a torrid sex scene, or simply an atmospheric shot all to herself, the woman has an undeniable presence that is virtually unequaled in this industry. Her performance here demands a pre-nom for Best Actress—Film.
Frustrated with her oversexed boyfriend, Jenna retreats to her bedroom and wonders aloud whether fantasy and romance still exist. At this point, her black Pomeranian alerts her to the presence of two faeries (Stephanie Swift and Felecia) who have overheard her musings and decide to send her on a little journey. Jameson's quest, as she learns it from the faeries, is to enter a real where an evil prince (Herschel Savage, unrecognizable in special effects make-up) has stolen the essence of fantasy from mortals, and to get it back.
Along the way, she encounters several colorful characters and discovers that fantasy is alive and well for them as they enthrall her with unfettered lust. Jameson, entering this world disillusioned, gradually warms up to the friendly surroundings, leading to her scorching exchange with boyfriend Devin Wolf. Sex scenes that really stand out include a threeway with Jameson, Swift and Felecia (pre-nom Best All-Girl Sex Scene—Film), Jameson and Wolf (pre-nom Best Couples Sex Scene—Film) and a perfectly-shot three-way with Randy Spears, Amber Michael and Johnni Black (pre-nom Best Group Sex Scene—Film). Spears snags a Best Supporting Actor—Film pre-nom for his double role as Jenna's haughty guide, Octo, and later as the hilarious ogre Kronog.
The film's few visible flaws appear to be the result of developing, not cinematography, factors. Such is the creative cost paid when forsaking video for film, but in this case, it was well worth it.
In addition to the movie's eight sex scenes (impressive by heat standards in the film genre), four key elements contribute to make this title a winner overall. Brad Armstrong's detail-oriented direction permeates every aspect of the movie, and the entire project clearly bears his personal stamp. Jake Jacobs' and Ralph Parfait's cinematography is ambitious and well-adapted to the theme of the film. Rod Hopkins' art direction is clearly the result of careful planning and thoughtful execution. Finally, the entire rhythm of the picture is dependent upon, and upheld by, Ezra's smooth and effective editing. Supporting elements such as mainstream-like special effects from Dick Roundtree and a mesmerizing score complement the film beautifully and won't soon be forgotten. Solid pre-noms for all of them.
Dream Quest is a refreshing addition to the feature genre, which has been saturated with cheating spouse/detective flicks. Couples will no doubt appreciate the change of pace, and enjoy watching this film over and over.