If there’s anything I love, it’s a film with a good story. While not perfect, The Art of Racing in the Rain provided just that for me.
Simon Curtis’ film takes us through the life of a golden retriever, Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner), and his owner Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia), a race car driver with Formula 1 aspirations. Enzo became infatuated with racing as a puppy thanks to Denny. He learned that he could use techniques from the sport to navigate life and help his owner do so as well. From maintaining his racing career, to marrying the love of his life Eve (Amanda Seyfried), to having a kid of their own and dealing with the ups and downs of life.
There’s no doubt that one must bring tissues for a viewing of this film. The acting by the cast ensemble seemed a bit forced, at times, but the heart of the film is a heckuva good one. It isn’t a complete tear-jerker, as there are some comedic moments that provide a nice balance. Particularly with Costner’s Enzo. But when the sad moments hit, they hit you hard.
Overall, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a very well done film, both in purpose and entertainment value. The performances, save Costner’s Enzo, tend to be on the weaker side. However, the film’s heart is in the right place.
My Rating: 4/5