Monday, 4 June 2018

Show Dogs Movie Review

There has been quite some controversy over this film because a blogger wrote an article about it being connected with sexual abuse, So it did make me wonder whether to post this review, but then I thought to myself that everybody reviews things differently and this was reviewed by my 8-year-old daughter, who is innocent and only ever saw it as a fun kids movie. Not once has she mentioned anything negative about the movie since we saw it about 5 weeks ago, so here is her review of the film. Friends have asked me what I thought of the film and here is my reply - Tilly loved it, it is a kids movie and because she enjoyed it, it made me happy to have taken her to see it. It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but my kid came out of it smiling and thats all that matters!

We were invited to the special preview of Show Dogs in London. The previews are always special because we have little extras to look forward to. This time was even more special because Tilly is such an animal lover and there were dogs there for her to stroke and have her photo's taken with.

The film itself is about an NYPD Rottweiler called Max, who makes a mistake of blowing a federal agent's operation to catch some smugglers who have smuggled a stolen baby panda cub called Ling-Li into the country. Max manages to capture one of the smugglers and they find out there is going to be a prestigious dog show called the Canini in Las Vegas, where the panda is going to be sold.

So we see Max being paired up with Federal Agent Frank Mosley (Will Arnett), who both go undercover to the Canini International Event to pose as a contestant and dog. The problem is that Max is a dog with anger issues and an attitude, so it's not going to be easy to get him trained up as a show dog, to win the 'Best In Show'. They enlist the help of Mattie Smith (Natasha Lyonne), FBI's special canine consultant and an old French Papillion called Philippe, to help turn the smelly street dog into a show dog. I don't want to give too much of the film away because it will spoil it for everyone else, but you will have to watch it to see the fun and games the Max gets up to in Las Vegas with his new found dog friends. You also see a friendship grow between Max and Frank as they both learn to respect each other.

The film is full of intrigue, adventure and twists and turns for kids to enjoy and keep them on the edge of their seat as they watch Max transform into a respectable and groomed dog. There is comedy and jokes that had Tilly in fits of giggles. She really enjoyed the film and I must admit, it was better than I actually thought it was going to be. Sometimes, you just have to be a kid again and enjoy movies like this. Tilly wants to go and see this film again because she thought it was cute with all of the dogs.

The dogs are all voiced by actors and it even convinced Tilly that they were really talking! Max is played by Chris Bridges whilst Phillipe is voiced by Stanley Tucci, Karma is voiced by Shaquille O'Neal, Sprinkles is voiced by Gabriel Iglesias and Dante is voiced by Alan Cumming. Each dog character was played by 2 or 3 different acting dogs.

The film is released on 25th May 2018 in cinemas near you. It has a certificate of PG and runs for 90 minutes.

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