Movie Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019


I'm not a big fan of dog or animal movies, and I'll definitely never be into cat movies. Cats sense my fear I think. I wish you could see how I react when a cat is nearby, especially within closed quarters like a house! My entire body tenses up! I am not an animal person really. I've had a few dogs when I was younger and I got really attached to them, and then when they died it was horrible so I just prefer having no animals. My thinking is if you cannot properly take care of your animal(s) please don't have any, thank you.
Anyway...
My friend Aimee is very much an animal person - she first rescued a squirrel named Raffael (who is adorable!) and just recently, rescued/adopted another named Jane (Rafael and Jane, think Jane the Virgin lol!). She 'convinced' me to look at The Art of Racing in the Rain with Milo Ventimiglia. I hadn't even heard of the movie or seen advertisements or the trailer or anything. But if you know me you know I love the movie theatre, so it doesn't take much to convince me. I saw A Dog's Purpose a couple years ago and it was ok so I wasn't expecting much but I was thoroughly surprised with this one. I am not a big fan of Milo (only the drink, #lamejoke) but he did a good job. I was drawn in from the start. 
First off, it was funny. The story was narrated by the cute doggy, named Enzo. He was very opinionated and it was hilarious! He called his owner's (Denny) in-laws 'twins', he was clever in getting revenge when someone scolded him so the carpet wouldn't get messy - he pooped on it but made it seem as though it wasn't his fault, in a way it wasn't LOL (you have to see it to understand). His initial behaviour when Denny got a girl, lol, was so territorial! His remarks throughout the movie provided humour which was appreciated. 
It was simply heart-warming. Denny and Enzo loved each other. It was very evident, they made me believe it. I felt their connection and love for one another through the screen. They would do anything for each other. The process of Enzo having Denny all to himself, then learning to love Denny's girlfriend/wife and family was special. There was a part in the movie that was sad and I wanted to yell at Denny's wife so bad (I'm purposefully leaving out names so that I wouldn't give anything away and ruin it for you!). I couldn't believe someone could be so careless. I was happy with how Denny dealt with it though.. well somewhat. 
It was inspirational and thought provoking. I would really love to know what dogs think.. do dogs really think the way this movie portrayed? I mean, he was like a legit person who just couldn't literally talk it seemed. He knew things, he felt things, he had opinions too, and the great thing is it made sense. Knowing how dogs behave in real, or when they bark or react shows that they do understand a lot more than we think. I mean, in the movie, Enzo saved Denny from making a huge mistake. Denny's friend even said that he needed to get a dog. I thought the same thing! Another great point in this movie was the fact that in life everyone goes through hard times, where you can't possibly see how things could get better... but that's not the truth. It may be a fact for a season but seasons change. And situations change. The clouds disappear and the light shines on you again. 
This movie was surely a surprise and I really loved it! However, it's not one that I can watch multiple times by choice, so I'll give it a 6.5 
If you watch it let me know what you think!
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