Rock Dog (2016)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Starring: Luke Wilson, Lewis Black, J.K. Simmons, Matt Dillon, Sam Elliot, Mae Whitman, Kenan Thompson, Eddie Izzard
Bodi is a Tibetan Mastiff, the son to the mastiff guardian of a Tibetan village discovers his passion is for music much to the chagrin of his father, Khampa.
What I Didn’t Like:
The biggest flaw with this film is the writing. The story is predictable, the characters are not engaging. Much of the humor misses and it has next to no heart.
Bodi is incredibly stupid. I understand he has lived in a village his whole life. That the city life is very different, but he is so naive, it is stupid.
The villain like all of the characters is under developed. Not a single character besides Angus Scattergood had any depth. The single female character is so weak, it is almost better if she didn’t exist. Given how this movie takes place in a big city and a small village. To have only one female character, no mothers, grandmothers, wives, independent female singers, agents, bus drivers. Anything! It becomes rather creepy and potentially insulting.
The animation is average. In fact, given how good it can be today. This borders on bad, but I can forgive it given not everyone can have a large budget.
Imagine Kung Fu Panda without any kung fu. Kind of misleading and disappointing right? Well, this is Rock Dog in whole. They suggest that these mastiffs have neat powers, but never show them off in the movie. What a bring down.
There are several large inconsistencies and underwhelming details. Like the film has one female character and she is forgettable.
The music is unoriginal. While it is not terrible music, it is awkwardly placed. It breaks the flow of the film.
What I Did Like:
The best thing about this film is the cast. So many familiar voices doing good work. A shame that they didn’t have a better script. The film reminded me sometimes of The Big Lebowski, but that is likely because of Sam Elliot’s smooth voice and exposition.
While a lot of the humor misses the mark, there is enough to get you through the movie.
There is a place called Rock n Roll park which is awesome place for musicians. It was my favorite aspect of the movie and I wished it was featured more. (At least one more scene would have been nice.)
Rock Dog isn’t a terrible film, but at best is average. While some of the humor hits, there is next to no depth. The characters are mostly annoying and sometimes excessively dumb. This is a harmless film overall. It can pass the time for 90 minutes without much fuss, but if you want something more inspired, look elsewhere.
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