Max, a movie about a military dog whose handler is killed and is adopted by his family back in the States, opened over the weekend. I’ve seen the commercials for the movie and it looks interesting, especially to dog lovers. But all movies can look good when you have less than 30 seconds for a promo. Max is a Belgian Malinois, a breed I wasn’t familiar with until I started my dog walking business. We took care of some and they are great dogs. One of the ones we took care of was named Max.
They made national headlines with their involvement with the capture of Osama Bin Laden. I’m not going to mention much else about Max, because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. Also, most of the reviews that I have read haven’t been favorable. In fact, one says the great dog can’t save the bad plot. The premiere got me wondering what is the best dog movie ever produced.
I have to admit, I’m not much of a movie person at all. I don’t see more than 2 or 3 movies a year. I didn’t see Marley (truth be told, I was afraid that would be a little too sad for me). I didn’t see Cujo (I don’t like movies like that). I don’t think I’ve ever seen any of the Beethoven movies. I did see Old Yeller as a kid. When I think of dog movies I think of Lassie and Benji. I Googled dog movies to see if there were some movies I couldn’t think of. I found several sites came up that listed their views. Ranker has a list of best dog movies and they list to 77. The first is Turner and Hooch. 77th is Bailey’s Billion$ (sic). According to IMDB, Sweet and savvy talking golden retriever, Bailey, is one doggone lucky pooch when his devoted owner, Constance Pennington, leaves him her entire billion-dollar fortune. IMDB ranks it as 3.9 stars. If you were a fan of it, go to Ranker.com and vote it up.
Because I don’t watch a lot of movies, I don’t usually get involved in debates over “the best movie.” I feel more confident debating the merits of athletes. I don’t know where Max will wind up in the annals of all time great dog movies. It came in as the 4th highest grossing movie over the weekend, with $12 million. It was number 2 among movies premiering this weekend. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 38. I would love to know what your favorite dog movie is and if you’ll give Max a chance.
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