Benjamin Maio Mackay
Red Dog: True Blue - 1 Star
Unnecessary sequel to Australian smash-hit lacks in quality writing, performances and features an abysmal soundtrack.
An iconic Australian story of family, friendship and adventure, between a young boy and a scrappy one-of-a-kind dog that would grow up to become an Australian legend.
To have to can an Australian film is disappointing, I really want Australia to produce a critical and commercial hit that will revitalise our film industry. While many were hoping this would be the one, it unfortunately isn’t. The performances were noticeably amateur, with the exception of Jason Isaacs and Bryan Brown all other leading and supporting characters were over-acting, while not truly committing to the characters.
The soundtrack was less score and more classic rock hits, which over dominated the dialogue and was frankly distracting. The story itself was rather flimsy, it seemed unlikely the Red Dog would get a sequel and this weak pretence doesn't justify a movie. It really seems like a TV series, it has three rather obvious plot changes, none of which are explored well.
Overall while it would be great to recommend an Australian film, I sadly can’t. This is one to avoid this holiday season.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Roadshow Entertainment