Friday, August 16, 2019
For Our Friend Enzo: The Art of Racing in the Rain's Enzo is No Match for the Original
I got an urgent request from my old friend and fellow blogger Enzo today. When I abandoned my “Ask Aunt Foley” blog, Enzo picked up the gauntlet and has been answering our fellow dog inquiries diligently ever since. But what if he who answers has a question?
Enzo is suffering a crisis of confidence. For years he has been the one and true Enzo. But this week a movie called "The Art of Racing in the Rain" was released featuring a golden retriever named Enzo. Our Enzo is afraid he is going to become a second rate Enzo. To see if his worries were justified, I screened the movie.
Kevin Costner voices Enzo. He does a fairly good dog, but if I had a voice like his, I would sit by the bowl all day and say: "If I sit next to it, it will be full." What a wasted opportunity.
The biggest issue with Movie Enzo's character is that he yearns to be human. Why the hell would he want to do that? Dogs are the superior species. Our pre-prepared food is plopped in front of us at the same time every day. Humans have to go to prison to get that sort of service. Dogs and cats are the only souls who have their poop picked up and disposed of for them. Cats get it done once a day; dog poop has to be picked up when it is fresh. Most humans come home from a hellish day at work, look at the dog, and wish they could change places. Who would want to be a human?
Also unrealistic is the love story between Milo Ventimiglia and Amanda Seyfried. Whenever a young woman falls for a middle-aged man, you can bet some old, balding guy wrote it. It left me with the feeling that Jack was hitting on Kate's older friend. Creepy.
Then there is the scene where Milo meets Amanda. Enzo smiles at her and in his Kevin Costner voice, he praises her grooming habits. Ridiculous! If this were a real scene, Enzo would stick his nose in her crotch. That is how a dog judges a human, not by the color of their skin, but by the smell of their crotch. The world would be a better place, with proper hygiene, if humans did the same. This is why dogs are better than humans. Our Enzo can sniff Amanda Seyfried's crotch whenever he wants. The worst thing that happens is he’s told: "down boy." Kevin Costner sniffs Amanda Seyfried’s crotch once, and it is a whole #Metoo disaster. Dogs rule!
Many humans assumed that after the couple meets the film would be a cute dog story like "Marley and Me," but it's "Marley and Me and Manchester By the Sea." There is death and crying and suffering and a lawsuit and death and death and death. It does stand as a tribute to a dog’s ability to stave off suicide. Casey Affleck became so distraught in Manchester By the Sea he tried to kill himself. Milo takes Enzo for a walk and it's okay.
The most important question: Does the dog die? I did not watch until the end. I fell asleep, but my minions told me that Enzo does indeed leave Milo heartbroken. The movie tries to sell this as a happy ending because Enzo is reborn as a human, but we dogs know it is our worst fears realized.
My synopsis of the movie: Boy meets dog and falls in love. Boy meets girl and falls in love. Boy sufferers immeasurable losses. Boy loses dog. Dog goes to hell. Happy movie!
So, do not worry, my dear friend Enzo. Unless you are a human wanna be, or a no crotch smeller, or a pup who is uninterested in food, or a dog who thinks there is a better life without their parents, then you are the only Enzo worth recognizing.
Don't give this movie a second thought. In a week it will be gone from the theaters. A year later, it will gather a little buzz when it is on HBO. And then it will be forgotten. Being forgotten is something you never have to worry about.