“Clifford the Big Red Dog” review: How not to fall in love with this cheerful giant puppy?, Entertainment News
The holidays are approaching and now is the perfect time to watch a healthy and warm movie with the family. Filmmaker Walt Becker has come up with the perfect holiday movie: “Clifford The Big Red Dog,” based on Norman Bridwell’s best-selling children’s book series.
There really is very little to dislike about the movie that has a big, giant, red puppy as the central character.
Emily and her mother are new to New York. A college girl, Emily (Darby Camp) struggles to integrate into her new school where groups are already formed and popular girls harass her somewhat. When her mother leaves town for a few days, her uncle Cassey (Jack Whitehall) comes to look after Emily, much to her reluctance. Cassey doesn’t really have a job, lives in a truck and is quite irresponsible, and Emily isn’t entirely convinced he’s her best keeper.
The uncle-niece duo are lucky enough to attend a carnival one day in town where they meet the charming and kind Mr. Bridwell (John Cleese) who runs an animal shelter. The animals in this center are unusual and most are unique. Mr Bridwell introduces Emily to a little red puppy Clifford. The two form an instant bond. When her uncle Cassey refuses to bring the puppy home, she smuggles it.
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Trouble begins when Clifford overnight grows to gigantic size, making it difficult for Emily and Cassey to hide him in the apartment which has a strict no-dog policy.
As they take the big red dog out on the streets of New York City, Clifford naturally grabs everyone’s attention and his videos go viral on social media. Zac Tieran, owner of a biotechnology company that clones animals, finds Clifford on social media. He lies to the police that it is his dog and asks them to search for Clifford because he wants to use the giant puppy for his lab experiments. How Emily and Cassey save the puppy from the police constitute the remainder of the story.
Visually awe-inspiring, the film’s most endearing moments are when an overexcited Clifford wreaks havoc in the city and performs in the park. The movie never gives an explanation for Clifford’s height, but it still commands audiences’ attention with its light-hearted moments and believable CGI.
It also helps that Becker throws some of the better-known standing comedians like Jack Whitehall, John Cleese, Russell Peters, Kenan Thompson, Tony Hale into the movie – which makes the lineup impressive.
Young star Darby Camp holds up and her scenes with Whitehall, Cleese and of course, CGI created Clifford are the highlights of the film.
“Clifford The Big Red Dog” is a feel-good movie and comes at a time when the world needs a smile and a laugh. It teaches us to accept, love and owe our faults and makes us realize that beauty is not just superficial.
Even though the film doesn’t set around the holiday season, its release comes on time as it makes a perfect watch with his family. Problem is, you’d want to bring the happy Clifford home by the end of the movie – and that won’t be possible.