Red Dog: True Blue

2016

Comedy / Drama / Family / Romance

26
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 443

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Jason Isaacs as Michael Carter
Bryan Brown as Grandpa
John Jarratt as Lang Hancock
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Reviewed by jamesmoule 2 / 10

Sugar Mixed with Sacharine

Surely a more cynical film has never been made than this one. I didn't see "Red Dog" (1) but my wife raved about it. Having time to kill, I chose to see the "prequel". It was soon obvious that the film was a calculated tear-jerker. All the politically correct boxes were ticked, especially the Aboriginal sub-plots. The film is aimed at the pre-teen market. The inclusion of Lang Hancock as a crusty old lovably character must have been an attempt (successful?) to get some funding from his daughter, Gina Rinehart. I would rate this 1/10 but the photography deserves a point. Some talented actors were wasted in the production. Did they see the script before signing their contracts or are they really desperate for work?

Reviewed by DJKwa 7 / 10

A True Blue Aussie Legend Makes for Solid Family Entertainment

Five years after Red Dog proved to be a smash hit at the Australian box office, the eponymous red kelpie is leaping back onto the silver screen, ready to win over holiday audiences once again in the sequel Red Dog: True Blue. Set immediately before the events of the first film, the story this time around is a coming of age story about a young boy who, after being sent to live with his grandfather in the West Australian outback, has a chance encounter with Red Dog that blossoms into a one of a kind friendship.

Much like the first one, the film is a throwback to an old-fashioned type of family entertainment, before animal features involved CGI talking heads and loud and noisy special effects took front stage in lieu of genuine heart. It's only let down by its over eagerness to replicate what made the first film a big hit, that it often feels like it's lagging behind. It devotes a fair bit of the opening to replaying scenes from the first film, this time through the perspective of a middle-aged man sitting in a theatre watching the film with his children. We see his red, teary eyes glued to the screen, clearly touched by the story that has unfolded, which afterwards inspires him to recount his own childhood encounter with the dog. This meta moment feels a little bit like the sequel kissing its own butt for lack of a better expression. As a framing device, it's effective, but it can't shake off the shameless feeling that it's trying to coax audiences into remembering how teary they may have felt themselves after the first film, in case they forgot in the intervening years. It only sets up the sequel for failure as True Blue never manages to recreate this emotional punch, even when it desperately tries to turn on the waterworks once again towards the end.

While this brings the film down a notch, wedged between these scenes is a film of comparable quality. It's light, breezy and frequently funny, with some mild third act drama, when a bush fire encroaches on the grandfather's cattle farm, adding some excitement to the affable proceedings. When a detour into Aboriginal mysticism threatens to veer into hokey territory, the film wisely strays away from any heavy-handed depictions, maintaining a light touch throughout.

Verdict: Even though lightning doesn't exactly strike twice with True Blue, it still offers a solid piece of family entertainment that's replete with heart and a good-natured sense of humour, even if it won't win you over quite the same.

6.5/10

Reviewed by Trevor 8 / 10

A more personal story than the original

This prequel to Red Dog is a more personal story than the original hit film. While it is not as humorous as Red Dog, it is still an entertaining family film and well worth seeing. The movie primarily follows the story of a young boy named Mick in 1969, who is sent to a remote homestead in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia to stay with his Grandfather, while his mother is recovering in a facility. Mick, while dealing with the remoteness of the region; and the remoteness of his grandfather (wonderfully played by Bryan Brown), stumbles across a red puppy, initially covered in blue slime , after a major storm. The film charts their journey, often humorously, in becoming best friends. Being set primarily in 1969 the film is filled with wonderful characters that often reflect the changing times - A young recently returned Vietnam soldier, who sings and plays guitar except when the dog howls with him which, much to his disdain, is often! A pretty female teacher who wants to go to San Francisco and be part of 'The Summer of Love' , and there is a wonderful Chinese cook who always walks around with an umbrella! More interesting are the characters reflecting the changing times within the region and Australia in general - particularly an Aboriginal Jackaroo who sees a future for his people in Aboriginal land rights; And a scene where Lang Hangcock , a friend of Mick's Grandad, stops in and tells a young Mick how there is a future in Iron Ore in the region! For it is not only in the Australian landscape and lingo that the film reflects Australia, but also in the social changes that were happening within the country at the time that would have impacts on the Australian economy, Aboriginal people, women, and the changing landscape of Australian politics and the land. The film may pack too much in its short running time but it's worth seeing.

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