Star rating – 7/10
If you are looking for a light hearted film to take away the gloom of this dismal summer weather, then Red Dog, directed by Kriv Stenders might be just what you need.
It’s a big hearted story of a red dog (uncannily enough) set against the beautiful sunsets and arid deserts of Western Australia. Red Dog is everyone's dig and no one’s dog, as he has those magical doggie qualities that help to bring people together in the small mining community of Dampier.
So it’s a bit Skippy the bush kangaroo, and a bit Carry On – but in a good and generous way. Our canine hero settles on one master, and as that master is easy on the eye American John, played by Josh Lucas, frankly, who can blame him? He is also adopted by the group of miners in the small town. And it is small town in attitude as well as size.
This is a funny and unashamed romantic tearjerker of a film, based on a true story. Great dog, hunks and amazing scenery. What's not to like?