Based on the book by Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain is an interesting spin on movies about learning life lessons when the narrator is a dog and the lessons he learns are from his owner who happens to be a race car driver.
While touching on a lot of familiar heart-string tugging material like life, love, loss, family and freedom, this Fox 2000 production sure does reach pretty far for a left field hook. Because Kevin Costner is the dog. And his owner is an everyday sort of professional race car driver named Denny Swift.
Despite these facts, I admit I’m kind of curious to see how they pull these disparate angles together into a compelling movie; being that I’m a sucker for the rare and occasional tear-jerker then I guess I’ll probably find out someday. Also there’s a little bit of confusion about who’s learning life lessons from who, but so long as someone’s learning something (including myself for hypothetically watching this) then I’m on board.
Helmed by Goodbye Christopher Robbin‘s Simon Curtis from a script by Mark Bomback (War for the Planet of the Apes), The Art of Racing will star Amanda Seyfried (Gringo) and Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us).
The Art of Racing in the Rain will drive into theatres on the 9th of August 2019.
What do you think of the premise, Wasteoids? Do you, like me, secretly hope this leads to some sort of cinematic universe where Bill Murray is a sarcastic cat and Ewan McGregor is a heroic pigeon?
And they’ll team up to fight crime?
Or is the book actually really good and you can’t believe I’d make fun of it and I’m completely missing out on something special here.
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