Unless we’re talking Old Yeller, there are few cute animal movies that transcend the genre and strike movie gold.
But if we were to place The Art of Racing In The Rain, it’d fall well above the horrific Cats & Dogs, but certainly not hit the heights of Marley & Me.
It has all the elements of a great dog-owner relationship drama, but this film adaptation of the book about a Formula One hopeful and his pooch just never speeds across the finish line.
The story of Denny and his adorable dog Enzo (named after Mr. Ferrari) comes complete with uplifting moments, some really enjoyable laughs and some tear-worthy moments. But it always feels like we’re watching a few movies trying to bump into one.
But in all fairness, the performances from This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia, Mamma Mia’s Amanda Seyfried, and an out-of-character, lovely voice performance from Kevin Costner as Enzo keep this flick afloat.
It’s a disappointment Garth Stein’s hit novel didn’t become a film classic, but there’s plenty to love here. Just take it at face value and enjoy. For all it’s faults, it sure is a beautiful tale.