“Clifford The Big Red Dog” Blu-ray Review – Entertainment Focus
Emily (Darby Camp) attends a prestigious school in New York that she entered on a scholarship, making her a target for bullies. With no friends and only her mother Maggie (Sienna Guillory) to lean on, Emily isn’t thrilled to learn that her irresponsible uncle Casey (Jack Whitehall) has been drafted in to look after her while Maggie goes off to work. . Emily and Casey come across an animal rescue tent in the park run by Mr. Bridwell (John Cleese), and after their visit Emily finds a small red dog, called Clifford, in her backpack. The next morning, the dog has grown to enormous size and it catches the eye of a biotech company who are plotting to kidnap the dog for their own profit.
“Clifford the Big Red Dog” is based on the children’s book series of the same name by the late American author Norman Bridwell. The series, first published in 1963, has been hugely popular and there have been video games and anime series based on it. This big-screen adaptation is the first live-action project based on the series and it’s a heartwarming story about why being different is actually a positive thing. Emily finds a kindred spirit in Clifford because she, like the lovable red dog, is the trespasser and target of a school bully who is determined to make her life miserable.
Clifford’s entry into Emily’s life is unexpected, and he’s been causing her problems from the start. When she wakes up to find that he has grown considerably, Emily asks her uncle Casey to help her check on him and begs to keep him, even though it’s a breach of contract. rental of the apartment in which she lives with her mother in Harlem. Of course, Clifford isn’t confined to the house for too long and once he’s out into the wide world he becomes big news. Zac Tieran, the owner of the biotech company Lyfegro, decides to pretend Clifford is his, seeing an opportunity to make money and what ensues is a battle between Emily and Lyfegro.
The film is truly entertaining and one that families, especially those with young children, can enjoy. It’s a flight of fancy that gives just over 90 minutes of pure escapism from the sorry state of the world we live in right now. Darby Camp is simply stunning as Emily, building further on the promise she made in ‘The Christmas Chronicles’ and ‘Big Little Lies’ series. She’s such a talented young actress and the world is surely hers as she matures and tackles bigger roles. Jack Whitehall gives an energetic comedic performance as Casey, and if you can look past his atrocious American accent, he’s actually pretty good. Tony Hale casts him as the film’s villain while a nice, subtle detour from John Cleese pays loving homage to the books’ author.
The Blu-ray release includes four featurettes taking you behind the scenes of the film and a selection of deleted scenes. The highlight is “Tips and Tricks for Caring for a 10ft Dog”, a short feature on how to keep your big dog happy. It’s a cute addition and one that families will love.
“Clifford the Big Red Dog” isn’t a perfect movie by any means, but it’s a perfect pure escape for the whole family. With so much negative and distressing news surrounding us on a daily basis, this film was a welcome distraction and I thoroughly enjoyed it. For anyone who loved a dog or had the courage to live their life differently, this is the perfect movie for you. What more could you ask for right now?
To throw: Darby Camp, Jack Whitehall, Tony Hale, Sienna Guillory, Izaac Wang, John Cleese Director: Walt Becker Writers: Jay Scherick, David Ronn, Blaise Hemingway Certificate: PG Duration: 96 minutes Produced by: Paramount Home Entertainment Release date: 14and March 2022 Buy ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ now