Dog Cast: Channing Tatum, Kevin Nash, Jane Addams, Ethan Supley, Amy Raver-Lampman, Bill Burr
Dog Director: Channing Tatum, Reid Carolyn
where to look: at the theater
review by: Russell de Silva
There’s no shortage of dog movies in Hollywood, but some of them really stand out. A Dog’s Way Home, Max, A Dog’s Purpose, Alpha, Turner & Hooch, Hachi (yes, even the remake is great, even if the Japanese original is in a class of its own), Eight Down, Marley & Me Those are the ones that immediately come to mind. So does the Channing Tatum starrer, simply titled Dog, with whom he also makes his directorial debut, joining these ranks. And does Channing Tatum make an impressive debut as a director? The answer to both these questions is an emphatic ‘yes’. Here are the top five reasons to watch a dog movie this weekend…
The Hollywood heartthrob returns to the screen in the lead role six years after Magic Mike XXL (he was part of an ensemble cast in Logan Lucky, and the other parts in between have been either cameos or voiceovers), a reminder of one and all. That’s why he has real star-power, plus he has set straight records once and for all in his acting. He pours his heart and soul into actor and director Dogg, a sympathetic portrayal of PTSD army ranger Jackson Briggs in a sympathetic portrayal of Trump coming, yearning to get his life back on track.
Lulu’s, Belgian Malinois
Channing Tatum Step for Step Match Belgian Malinois, Lulu, is a well-trained army dog who suffers from acute PTSD following the passing of her owner, who also happens to be a pre-war friend of Jackson Briggs.
the road trip
The dog is basically a road trip that Jackson and Lulu take so that the latter can reach their owner’s funeral in time and then return to the army base to make a decision about their future as he is suffering from severe anxiety. is suffering, has become aggressive and cannot get along with anyone. To say that the moments where they connect with each other and help overcome their demons will be the highlight of the film. Tatum and co-director/writer Reed Caroline really shine with their narrative here.
Without going overboard, the film aptly depicts how PTSD can affect both humans and animals and how nothing but a relationship with another and time can help prevent it.
Sometimes. Movies like this can make the mistake of being overly sentimental, which thankfully Dog never does.
In short, The Dog is a heartwarming road trip where a human and dog bond in the most unexpected ways and help each other through their traumas in the most incredible of ways. It also serves as a timely reminder that Channing Tatum is pure star material, blessed with understated acting chops that also seem to be overflowing behind the camera. The film could have been edited a bit better and some moments could have been a bit more runaway, but it is still as warm and sweet as one might expect. I’m going with 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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