Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Art of Racing in the Rain - Movie Review

The Art of Racing in the Rain DVD
According to Enzo, lead philosopher in The Art of Racing in the Rain, some things are meant to be.  He just knew he was meant to be Denny's dog.  I now know I was meant to fall in love with this movie.  It is the best film I have seen in ages.

Just as there is a real art to racing in the rain (we'll get back to that in a moment), it takes a gifted touch to tell a story from a dog's point of view.  I have to admit I'd never before gotten into stories told by talking dogs.  It just wasn't my thing.

Why, then, was this movie different?  What made it so moving and beautiful?  Why was I crying from the opening scene on?

When it comes right down to it, I would have to say there was a true Zen quality to Enzo that spoke to my heart.  Though the film uses auto racing as a muse to supply life lessons, it is the dog who is in many ways, and at the same time, both the messenger and the message.  

As Denny and Enzo experience life's many joys and heartaches together, they are each what the other needs in the process of moving toward what they will become—who they will become.  In sharing their bond vicariously, I also found myself reflecting on where I am headed in my own life.

So, let's get back to the art of racing in the rain—the art of dealing with circumstances that others may find daunting.  Denny explains to Enzo that his secret to excelling in the racing conditions that cause others to decelerate or crash is to anticipate and actually choose to force the skid that is necessary while traveling through dangerously wet curves.  By controlling the skid, instead of letting it force his vehicle out of control, Denny is able to gain the edge he needs to achieve his dreams.

The movie is chock full of insights for living.  Somehow, when the wisdom is coming from a dog, it seems easier to receive.  Who could resist Enzo (and who would want to even if they could)?  You don't have to be a dog-lover to fall for this leading guy.  Though I cried plenty of tears for Enzo, I also felt an abundance of all of the good things dogs bring into our lives.  

Though movie critics seem to enjoy panning this film, it is clear that audiences love it.  I never go by what the critics think.  That is their job—to criticize.  

The actors, the messages, and especially the dogs... pure gold.  I highly recommend this film.  



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17 comments:

  1. I'm always on the look out for a great movie and this sounds like one that I would really enjoy. Thanks Diana for this wonderful review. Next date night will be out to see this! Glad you gave me a heads up, I will bring tissues too!

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    1. You will definitely need the tissues, but it is so worth the tears. Hope you like the movie as much as I did. This is one I wouldn't mind seeing again.

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  2. This sounds like a wonderful movie. Thanks so much for your review and recommendation, Diana.

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    1. Yes... really wonderful. I never could have anticipated how much I loved this movie. Really took me by surprise.

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  3. It sounds like a wonderful movie that my entire family would enjoy! Just might be the one we need during those restful, down-times this Thanksgiving. Very timely review for me. Thank you!

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    1. I do think your entire family could get into this movie. Given your love for Goldens, it will be especially poignant. Glad this review came just at the right time. Wishing you Thanksgiving blessings. I'm grateful for your friendship.

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  4. Your review of this movie sounds so intriguing. I have to see this! Dog lovers will love this too, so it makes a terrific gift as well. I'm really anxious to see this. Thanks for the intro, I hadn't heard of it. Oh and yes, critics criticize and I never go by what they say. They all seem grumpy to me. lol.

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    1. I am thinking that must be in the job requirements for movie critic: Must be grumpy. No thanks! I wouldn't want that job. Hope you enjoy the movie. Let me know what you think after you see it. (And yes... a good gift for the dog-lovers in your life.)

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  5. Have you read the book? I know that Brenda reviewed it and it's still on my to read list, but wondering if I should just watch the movie instead as it sounds like something my husband would like (he's a real softie who loves dogs and car racing, but doesn't read much).

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    1. I haven't read the book. I'd say go for the movie. It's something you and your husband can enjoy together. Sounds perfect for your hubby.

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  6. I loved the book! Can't wait to see the movie!

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    1. I'm pretty sure you are going to love the movie, too. Enjoy!

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  7. The book has been on my reading list for quite a while and the movie sounds amazing! Thanks for the warning about the tissues - both my husband and I are easily moved to tears by affecting movies, so we'll know to plan for some quiet time after watching this film.

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    1. You will cry, but it will be a good cry, which can be cathartic--especially during the holiday season. I hope you feel the movie in a way that is the most meaningful for you. Okay, now break out the tissues and go rent this movie. I think you'll be glad you did.

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  8. Wonderful review. Now I must see this movie!! Thanks.

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    1. Thank you! I hope it touches your heart in all the right ways. Happy holidays!

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