Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on November 22nd, 2019
“He picked me out of a pile of pups, a tangled mass of paws and tails. He’d stopped at the farm on his way home from the speedway at Yakima. Even back then, I knew I was different than other dogs. My soul just felt more human.”
There was a time when this kind of film would have been reviewed by Baby, the German Shepherd/Chow who used to run security here at Upcomingdiscs as well as fill in for the occasional dog film review. Baby’s gone, and we haven’t yet trained Aurora the Siberian Husky who resides at Upcomingdiscs to pitch in on reviews. The problem is getting her to put her ball down long enough to pay enough attention, let alone write a review. But we’re working on it. Until then these duties have fallen back to me, the occasional dog lover, which usually depends on what Aurora is up to at any particular moment. As Baby would have said: “Let’s not talk about that right now.” The task at hand is another talking dog film which followed quickly on the heels of A Dog’s Purpose and its sequel A Dog’s Journey along with the most recent A Dog’s Way Home. It’s a trend that has produced some emotional moments at the cinema for those of us who have spent a large part of their lives with our canine companions. This time out we have The Art Of Racing In The Rain, which is based on the novel by Garth Stein. If you’re hoping to have that same kind of emotional ride that these other films brought, I think you’ll be in for a little disappointment.