Art of Racing in the Rain”
This movie is told from the perspective of a dog.
Yes, we tend to anthropomorphize our dogs, attributing to them
human thoughts, feelings, emotions, even wisdom.
This is the plot device of the whole film.
If you're a dog lover, you will understand and enjoy.
If you're not, you won't.
Enzo (the voice of Kevin Costner) is a golden retriever whom we
first meet at the end, when he's old.
But we haven't yet had time to get attached to him.
The rest is flashback, beginning when Enzo was a puppy, adopted by
Denny (Milo Ventimiglia) on a whim. Denny
is a race car driver. He likes
nothing better than being behind the wheel.
But he also loves his dog, and takes him out frequently on his
jogs, which is where he meets Eve (Amanda Seyfried).
Actually, Enzo informs us that he's not sure, at first, what to
think of Eve. He knows he now
has a rival for his master's affections.
And Eve says she isn't really a “dog person.”
However, they learn to appreciate each other.
Enzo narrates us through Denny's attempts at getting established as
a race car driver, and starting a family with Eve (after serving as the
“ring bearer” at the wedding). They have a girl, Zoe, and everything
seems perfect. Until it isn't.
Yes, we have plenty of drama, heartache, and conflict among the
humans. Enzo at several points
wishes he could talk like humans, but he's convinced that he'll be
re-incarnated as a man, where all his dog experiences will be imprinted
upon his soul. He knows this
because he watched a documentary about dogs in Mongolia.
Yes, Enzo loves watching television, particularly race car driving.
He yearns to be able to ride in a real race car, just once.
They warn you to bring your tissues to this one, but it's not all
emotional. There are some
light moments, and some happy ones, as well.
There's also lots of footage of Enzo, and before long, yes, we find
ourselves anthropomorphizing him, as well.
And why not? He's a
Yes, those who thrive on unabashed sentimentality will enjoy this
one. But for the dog lovers,
it's a real treat.