Andrea’s film review – Dog

Dog ⭐️⭐️⭐️Review by Andrea Carnevali

Two former Army Rangers are paired against their will on the road trip of a lifetime. Briggs (Channing Tatum) and Lulu (a Belgian Malinois) race down the Pacific Coast to get to a fellow soldier’s funeral on time. Available to watch in cinemas from Friday 18 March.

This is Channing Tatum’s directorial debut in which he plays a former Army Ranger, Briggs, a lost soul struggling with PTSD, who’s now given the task to transport Lulu, a dog trained for combat missions, to her former owner’s funeral.

Lulu too suffers from PTSD. In her case her anxieties manifest themselves in aggression.

No brownie points to work out that this story about two “damaged beings” stuck together, traveling across America is going to turn into a “man rescues dog as dog rescues man” type of affair.

And yet, somehow this very simple film, with this very simple title, overcomes all its clichés and its predictable plot (which really could be written on the back of a napkin) and ends up feeling like a warm and soft blanket to wrap you up with.

It does nothing new, but it does it well. The impressive cinematography, the good soundtrack by Thomas Newman and the ever likeable Tatum elevate the material and however predictable the trajectory might be, Dog still manages to be consistently funny, sweet, cute and surprisingly quite emotional too.

Oh, and by the way, Lulu (to whom the film is dedicated in the end credits) is actually a real dog, none of that CGI stuff they’ve been trying to sell us in recent films… And is all the better for it.

This is still out in cinemas and if you’re a dog lover, you can’t miss it.

Andrea Carnevali is a Bafta winning film maker who lives in Chiswick.

Dog is available to watch in cinemas from Friday 18 March

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See also:  Jessica Bloom’s review of new fiction published in March

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