Review

Based on the best-selling novel by Gareth Stein, The Art Of Racing In The Rain continues Hollywood’s infatuation with all things canine (A Dog’s Journey, A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Way Home to name but three recent dog movies).

This time the lovable pooch Enzo, voiced by Kevin Costner, is adopted by an aspiring Formula One race driver called Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia). As it turns out Enzo, named after the founder of Ferrari, who Danny hopes to drive for one day, has the same love of racing cars as his human companion.

Things are great between the pair as they bond at the race track or lying on the couch together watching racing on the TV.

However things change when, during a visit to a supermarket, Denny meets and falls in love with Eve (Amanda Seyfried).

What follows is a pretty clichéd story as Enzo, who narrates the story with his doggy brand of wisdom, witnesses love, birth, death and a custody battle unfolding before him. Needless to say as in every good drama there has to be a villain and in this instance it comes in the form of Eve’s wealthy parents (Martin Donovan, Kathy Baker), or “the twins” as Enzo likes to call them.

The Art Of Racing In The Rain is a pretty predictable piece of storytelling and one that’s designed to tug at the hearts of its audience. The Art Of Racing In The Rain might not be great but Director Simon Curtis manages to squeeze every ounce of emotion from the story and it would take a cold heart not to be smitten by Enzo and his heart-warming story.

3/5



The Art Of Racing In The Rain (PG)

1h 49m

Director: Simon Curtis Starring: Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried, Gary Cole, Kathy Baker, Ryan Keira Armstrong, Martin Donovan and the voice of Kevin Costner

UK Release: 9th August 2019




The Art Of Racing In The Rain - "Pick Of the Litter" Clip

The Art Of Racing In The Rain - "Whole New World" Clip

The Art Of Racing In The Rain - "It Doesn't Rain On Him" Clip

The Art Of Racing In The Rain -"First Impressions of Eve" Clip

The Art Of Racing In The Rain -"We Became A Family" Clip

The Art Of Racing In The Rain -"You're Here Now" Clip