Benji (2018)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): B

/USA, 2018.  , , , , .  Screenplay by , based on the 1974 motion picture by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Brandon Camp.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The popular seventies family film is updated to the modern age in this graceless animal adventure. Two stressed-out children in New Orleans have the misery of their widowed ambulance driving mom alleviated by their finding an unusually intelligent, scrappy little orphaned pup. When they enter a pawn shop holding their father’s watch and accidentally stumble upon a robbery, the bad guys take them hostage and whisk the children away, leaving our heroic but resourceful canine hero to help save them.

It’s a kid’s movie so the shamelessly indulged opportunities for cuteness should be easily forgiven, but none of the emotions expressed by the actors ring true for a moment and none of the adventure is the least bit fun. The filmmakers can never decide if the four-legged star is blessed with real-world doggy intelligence or the kind that only exists in movies (he can practically make a sandwich in some scenes), veering between cheesy manipulation to absolutely preposterous stunts that increasingly test your patience.

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