Red Dog (2011)
Average Rating: 6.6/10
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It's not quite as blatant a tearjerker as some of its pooch-based predecessors, and frankly, it's all the better for it.
It's guaranteed to bring tears and laughter to popular audiences, and those who turn up their muzzles at it are on a canine to nothing.
Even hardened blokes will struggle not to choke back a few tears at the end.
Pretty sappy stuff, but the film-makers use knowing humour to snare more cynical viewers and are well-served by the cast.
All this is relayed in flashback and the storytelling is a tad episodic but it's exuberantly told, with some engaging characters and colourful visuals. Dog-lovers may even find themselves wiping away a tear or two.
Enjoyable, emotionally engaging doggy drama with likeable characters, a nicely structured script, a strong sense of place and terrific performances from a superb ensemble cast.
The human characters are rather sketchily drawn and the storytelling follows a blandly 'uplifting' path.
Miners are telling Red Dog stories, and so it's essentially a series of personal flashbacks that grow larger with the retelling, exactly the way mythology gets kickstarted.
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