Wednesday, April 26, 2006

A Boy And His Dog (1975)

Any movie that starts off with a dog sniffin' out girls for Don Johnson... pretty sure it'll be a good one.

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Drama Sci-Fi Comedy Thriller

Starring: Don Johnson ("Miami Vice", Tin Cup), Susanne Benton

Directed By: L.Q. Jones

Overview: This is the story of a young man and his telepathic dog companion as they scrounge their post apocalyptic wasteland for food, women and shelter.

Acting: I was impressed. There's just enough names to hold up this production, and when it's a little lax, the comedy's silly enough to make it work. Don and the dog actually have quite a nice chemistry. My guest commented on how good an actor the dog was, but that he wasn't sure about the telepathy since he could see the dog's lips moving...
Rating: 8

Cinematography: Mad Max was apparently inspired a little by this one. Little shanty towns and desert wastelands abound, and all the people scrounge and wear tribal attire, even a few sexy moments too, not to mention some decent action shootouts and dog attacks. And to think in the future all they have in the way of film is black and white vintage porn!?
Rating: 8

Script: "I hope that the next time you play with yourself, you go blind." - Blood

The best lines are delivered by the mutt. Sardonic and belligerent, constantly mocking his inferior human comrade, Blood the Dog is by far the funniest character. As the plot unveils itself we're greeted with something far deeper than standard explanations for what's going on. Real effort was put into the writing.
Rating: 8

Plot: So it starts off like you'd expect, man in a desert wasteland scrounging for survival, but the when we kick into the unique story of following the girl, it turns weird and funny and surreal, and as endings go, this is some awesome. What a lovely end. Nothing proves love more than this.
Rating: 8

Mood: There were 2 questions left unresolved: what are screamers exactly and why are those people wearing that creepy porcelain doll-face makeup? Sure from time to time the story went a little out there, but it was funny and amusing without taking itself too seriously, and you can't go wrong with that.
Rating: 7

They may have their differences, but in the end, the dog DOES love the Boy's new girl.

Overall Rating: 78% (Good Boy!)

Aftertaste: A fun time actually. This is one of those films I didn't expect much from, and I got a lot out of. I've always been a huge fan of the post-apocalyptic, even going so far as to watching The Postman (and I DON'T regret it!). I have something like six Apocalyptic or Post-Apocalyptic films on this site, and I'll be glad to add a ton more. It's one of the genres I'll be loyal to forever, just as much as Horror.