What follows though is a little too po-faced towards its subject to work. Electric Dreams lacks the promised effervescence, it is merely earnestly enthused when it should be colourfully tongue-in-cheek. And what should have been dizzy slapstick emerges as only heavy-handed. The romance is pleasant but bland Virginia Madsen is, as always, fine but Lenny Von Dohlen, of unsettlingly piercing eyes, is played as an incredible drip.
Electric Dreams ultimately feels more like an extended promo for its soundtrack album (it was after all made by the film subsidiary of the Virgin Records label) than a film. Director Steve Barrons background was in MTV and it seems he has never left it the film is staged around the songs, a series of three-minute set-pieces where everything often stands still and Barron throws up a series of pleasantly disconnected visual montages while waiting for the song on the soundtrack to end. Elsewhere, Barrons camera is never still, craning and Steadicam zooming through the interiors to frame everything in stylish perspective. Its energetic but is there much point? Electric Dreams is a nice film but is hard to take seriously when one is asked to take the bland warblings of Boy George or the flat inflectionless voice of Phil Oakey as all that is representative of beautiful love music.
Electric Dreams was the first film from Steve Barron. Barron went onto direct a number of other genre works including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Coneheads (1993), The Adventures of Pinocchio (1996), Rat (2000) and the tv mini-series Merlin (1998), Arabian Nights (2000), Dreamkeeper (2003) and Delete (2013). Barron was also co-founder of Canadas Mainframe Entertainment, the worlds first commercial computer animation studio who have produced the likes of the ReBoot (1994-8) and Beast Wars: Transformers (1996-9) tv series. Writer-producer Rusty Lemorande went onto direct Cannons disaster-laden Journey to the Center of the Earth (1988) and an adaptation of the classic ghost story The Turn of the Screw (1992).
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