Watch Dog

"A filthy animal unfit for human company and a... dog."
  • PG-13
  • 2022
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • 6.5  (45,470)
  • 61

Dog is a 2022 American comedy-drama directed by Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin, with Tatum also starring alongside Ryder McLaughlin and Aavi Haas. The movie was created mainly to bring a touching yet lighthearted musing on the bond between humans and animals, particularly focusing on canines, and their potential for companionship and solace in challenging times.

The story revolves around Briggs (played by Channing Tatum), a quondam Army Ranger who has returned from active service but is grappling with issues that have led to periods of isolation and disconnection from society. His outlook on life transforms when he is thrust into an unexpected journey. A road trip tale, Dog takes on a journey through the Pacific coastline, which is as heartwarming as it is adventurous.

Lulu, the Belgian Malinois that serves as the other titular character of the film, is no ordinary dog. She's a military dog who has served dutifully at the side of her handler during active duty, displaying the amazing discipline and skills of these highly trained animals. However, Lulu's handler has passed away, and he has expressed his last wish that Lulu be cared for and receive a well-deserved retirement. But, to fulfill this wish, Lulu needs to get to a funeral several states away, and the responsibility falls to Briggs.

Ryder McLaughlin plays a supporting role, injecting a touch of lighthearted humor and adolescent charm to the narrative. He embodies the character with his natural acting skills, embodying youthful exuberance and innocence which contrasts with the more worn and jaded attitude of Briggs.

Aavi Haas, who is known for his diverse range of acting abilities, contributes a valuable presence in the movie. Through his character, the film touches on broader social issues and themes that further add layers to the narrative.

Dog is a study of the human-dog relationship at its deepest levels, a showcase for the potential an animal has to heal and unearth our hidden strengths. While the film is comedic and light-hearted in its approach, it doesn’t shy away from the tougher subject matter. It deals with prevalent themes like PTSD in veterans, the complexity of human connections, overcoming personal demons, and the value of companionship and understanding. Through a balance of light-hearted moments, physical comedy, and poignant self-exploration, Dog helps us explore the restoration of emotional connections, bravery, and hope.

In addition to the compelling storyline, Dog is also technically accomplished. The cinematography beautifully captures the landscapes covered over the course of the journey, becoming almost poetic at times. Some scenes are so beautifully shot they border on the breathtaking. The open road, the sea, the desert, the night skies - every element plays a part in creating an atmospheric backdrop for Briggs and Lulu's adventure.

The direction by Tatum and Carolin is commendable, effortlessly intertwining the humorous collisions between Briggs and Lulu with the more emotional aspects of the story. The soundtrack, too, sets the right mood throughout the movie, highlighting the varying moods of Briggs and driving the narrative forward.

The film’s strength lies in the chemistry between Tatum and Lulu. Their interaction is captivating, ranging from affection to annoyance and back again, reflecting the true nature of dog ownership. There is an authenticity to their dynamic, an unmistakable bond and understanding that grows as they navigate the highs and lows of their road trip together.

In conclusion, Dog is an engaging film that combines humor, heart, and a dose of reality to deliver an emotional journey. It is about second chances, healing, and companionship, making it a must-watch for all dog lovers and those who appreciate a heartfelt story filled with comedy, drama, and a dash of adventure. Dog serves not just as a heartwarming ode to man's best friend, but a compelling reminder of resilience, loyalty, and the unique comfort that a four-legged companion can provide. An emotionally layered narrative, and solid performances from Tatum, McLaughlin and Haas, make this film a memorable experience.

Dog is a 2022 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 30 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5 and a MetaScore of 61.

Where to Watch Dog
Dog is available to watch, stream, download and buy on demand at Amazon Prime, Apple TV Channels, FuboTV, The Roku Channel, EPIX, Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu. Some platforms allow you to rent Dog for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.
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