The Art of Racing in the Rain review: ‘A strange and morbid film’

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The Art of Racing in the Rain
The Art of Racing in the Rain
Paul Whitington

Talking dog movies go down very well in the American midwest, whose heavily armed denizens appear to greatly enjoy sentimental stories about heroically loyal mutts.

This one stars a disembodied Kevin Costner as Enzo, a labrador who looks back wistfully on his life with Denny (Milo Ventimiglia), a race car driver.

Enzo sure does think a lot, and in a mournful voiceover has plenty to say about Denny’s girlfriend, the arrival of a child and the onset of serious illness, which dogs can apparently smell.

He’s a bit of a windsock to be perfectly honest, a pompous fun sponge who’s not much fun to be around.

Neither is this strange and morbid film.

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(PG, 109 mins)

Irish Independent