Film Review – Dog (2022)

Title – Dog (2022) 

Directors – Reid Carolin & Channing Tatum (feature debuts) 

Cast – Channing Tatum, Luke Forbes, Ethan Suplee, Kevin Nash 

Plot – Former Army Ranger Jackson Briggs (Tatum) embarks on a cross country road trip with veteran army dog Lulu after her partner is killed as the two head to his funeral and learn to accept one another for the wounded souls they are. 

“Me and you are going to go on a little road trip” 

Review by Eddie on 04/04/2022

More heavy hitting than one might expect from the way in which Dog was marketed, Reid Carolin and Channing Tatum’s debut work as feature directors is a lovely if slight road trip adventure that is sure too please pooch (and Tatum) lovers in equal measure, as the hulking figure utilizes his natural charms and comedic smarts in a film that’s inspired by his own special bond with one of his canine friends. 

At most instances fairly familiar and sticking closely to the mismatched buddies road trip formulas that have been a staple of the cinematic landscape for many moons now, Dog doesn’t ever take us to places we haven’t been before and not every little detour on the way to the destination works as well as one might’ve liked but when Dog hits it hits with nice force as both an emotional exploration of PTSD/lingering after effects of war experiences, a reminder of the special relationship humankind can have with their canine companions and an at times effective comedy that allows Tatum to utilize his comedic shtick his perfected over more recent years. 

Tatum’s banged-up ex-Army Ranger Jackson Briggs is a sad and sorry excuse for a coming on middle aged veteran. Dealing with physical and emotional ailments and obsessed with a return to action despite his current state, the deli-working strongman has little to live for and is well played by Tatum who dials things up and down depending on the situation and you can tell Tatum is having a good time working alongside his furry co-stars as the antics and escapades start piling up. 

Unfortunately for the film, Tatum and his four legged friends can only take things so far as Carolin and Tatum (the director) sometimes struggle to juggle the various tonal shifts and momentum swings the film has. 

A dramedy is always difficult to completely master and considering the often intense nature of the material Dog is working with there are a few too many flat spots or moments that don’t quite nail the landing throughout the film that ensure this is a watchable and sometimes emotionally effective tale but one that feels like it never adds up to the true heavy-hitting knockout that Reid and Tatum might have been hoping for but there’s little doubt that Dog is a hard film to dislike with its heart in the right place and a further reminder of how lucky we are to have dogs in our world. 

Final Say – 

A familiar feeling road trip movie with a doggy twist, Dog might not always fetch the best results but thanks to Tatum’s energy and it’s simple yet effective messages, Dog is a small film that is sure to put a smile on most viewers faces. 

3 Grey’s Anatomy episodes out of 5  

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