Red dog is an excellent movie with tears, laughter and joy. A work town in the hot northwest areas of Australia comes together to become a solid community with mutual respect for each other and a beloved red dog. Based on a true story, the film is gripping and tugs at the heat strings and breaks into laughter when two enemies, a red dog and red cat, become an animal tornado. There are no really raunchy areas of the film but some parts may be too sad for very young children. This movie should not be one that ever gets past a family that loves a warm and entertaining true story.
Any movie about a dog is a sure-fire emotional roller coaster, but usually always worth it as some life lesson is expressed. Red Dog is no exception. The dog doesn't dig into your heart because he's overly cute or cuddly, instead because the resolute strength of his spirit and kindred friendship with the townspeople who adopt him. To think this is based on a true story further enhances the incredible tenor of the film. The human acting was engaging and humorous and genuine and the dog-human interactions don't come off forced. I actually saw so much of my own recently deceased dog's eyes in Red Dog's eyes, heightening the emotional connection to this film even more. This is the best movie I've seen yet in 2012. Also, I'm a fan of the film's production company's slogan of "We are on a mission from Dog". May Red Dog's legend continue to grow the world over.