Monday, 16 January 2017

Red Dog: True Blue Review

Red Dog: True Blue

Release Date: 26th December 2016 - Australia

Production Companies
Woss Group Film Productions
Screen Australia
Essential Entertainment
Endymion Films (in association with)
ScreenWest (in association with)
Film Victoria (in association with)

Roadshow Distribution
Good Dog Distribution

Genre: Family 

Rating: PG

Runtime: 88 minutes

Budget: $45,000,000

Box Office Gross: A$5,218,716

Plot Summary
Explores the early events leading up to Red Dog's discovery on the road to Dampier, and his ultimate rise from ordinary dog to Australian legend.

Phoenix - Red Dog
Jason Isaacs - Michael Carter
Levi Miller - Mick
Bryan Brown - Grandpa
Hanna Mangan-Lawrence - Betty
Justine Clarke - Diane Carter
Thomas Cocquerel - Stempie
Steve Le Marquand - Little John
Zen McGrath - Theo Carter
Kee Chan - Jimmy Umbrella
Winta McGrath - Nicholas Carter
Syd Brisbane - Big John
Calen Tassone - Taylor Pete
Kelton Pell - Durack
Josie Alec - Abby

Director - Kriv Stenders
Writer - Daniel Taplitz
Executive Producers - Di Bain, Graham Burke, Greg Parker, Joel Pearlman, John Poynton, Colin Vaines and Marc van Buuren
Producer - Bryce Menzies
Producer/Music Supervisor - Nelson Woss
Co-Producer - Chris Veerhuis
Production Designer - Sam Hobbs
Costume Designer - Anna Borghesi
Cinematography - Geoffrey Hall
Head Animal Trainer: Dog, Horse - Zelie Bullen
Animal Trainer: Dog, Horse - Craig Bullen
Film Editors - Rodrigo Balart and Jill Bilcock
Music - Cezary Skubiszewski

Inspired by RED DOG (click here) and its massive success in the Australian cinemas where family viewers and dog-lovers from everywhere went to see this film and were impacted by the humorous melancholic drama of this true story. However, the plans for a prequel did surface in 2015 where filming had begun and premiered on Boxing Day in the year after that. More family friendly in its distinctive appeal, TRUE BLUE was a bit of a disappointment and didn't seem to have as much charm as the original movie. The addition of indigenous themes to the prequel assist in relating more of the native Australian culture and the narrative is not too reminiscent of several boy-and-his-dog movies like Disney's OLD YELLER. 

The movie does have a few extraordinary standout actors like Bryan Brown, who is an Aussie legend much-fitted in his challenging but more severe role as the grandfather. British thespian Jason Isaacs was proven to be quite a narrator when portrayed as the older version of the young boy and Levi Miller was well cast as the young boy in the leading role who was able to discover Red Dog and become his first master.

Overall, it was a solid and emotional piece of family entertainment which seemed to have drawn a step-back from its top-dogged predecessor. Viewers like you are highly recommended to see the picture.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie


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