RED DOG Review

Red Dog is based on the ‘legendary true story’ about an Australian red dog called, Red Dog. “He was a dog for everyone but no-one in particular”. Well no-one in particular until John (Josh Lucas) came to town. Red Dog decided that John would be his master. When John didn’t return one day, Red waited and waited for him before taking off on a long journey to find him.

Red Dog has a distinct Australian feel about it. From the iconic 70s Australian rock soundtrack, to its beautiful shots of the outback, which have you almost feeling the dryness and searing heat, and the extreme loneliness and isolation it’s residents feel, to the outfits (that can only be worn in Australia), to the wonderful cast, including the legend Bill Hunter in his final ever performance.

The script has also captured the essence of the Australian people, without having to use terms like ‘cobber’ and ‘fair dinkum’, and embraces the fact that Australia is a multicultural nation, with people coming from all walks of life and the world.

Red Dog is told in flashback form. It jumps from present to past seamlessly, with each miner sharing their special relationship with Red to the new guy in town, Thomas (played by Luke Ford). It can almost be said that he represents the audience watching the film.

Red Dog may sound like a mix between Lassie and Marley and Me, and in essence it may be, but it is not as sappy or ‘Hollywood’ as those films. Take the best bits of both those dogs, and the feelings people have towards them, and you are half way to seeing how special and loveable Red is.

If there is a complaint to be made about this film, it would be that it was a bit slow to start and the first half has a very different feel to it than the second half. This first half feels somewhat farcical, whereas the second half brings the emotion and the heart. You can’t help but be drawn into this legendary story of a much loved dog and its community.

I have never been moved by a dog (besides Uggie in The Artist) but I am not embarrassed to admit that Red had me crying. He will not only steal your heart but he will have it breaking for him too. Red Dog really is a dog for everyone!

That’s Entertainment!
Sarina 🙂

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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