You now have two choices if you want a poignant adventure story about a lonely girl and the huge creature she befriends set against a satirical backdrop addressing environmentalism and the genetically engineered food industry. Older audiences can stay with Bong Joon-genre-defying Oscar winner Okja, but now kids can get in on the fun with Clifford the Big Red Dog.
To imply that Clifford the Big Red Dog performs so well because it doesn’t try to do too much in the first place may seem damning with faint praise. It is unlikely to amaze audiences with its bold aesthetic vision or profound emotional depths because it is not reinventing the wheel or forging new ground. On the other hand, Clifford the Big Red Dog is a solid and recognizable piece of entertainment that delivers precisely what it promises.
Clifford The Big Red Dog Movie: The Plot And Cast
The entire plot of the film, much like Norman Bridwell’s stories on which it is based, boils down to “what if a dog was bright red and enormous?” Though he is adopted as a bit of puppy by Emily Elizabeth (Darby Camp), an adolescent New Yorker, her outsized affection for him grows him ten feet tall overnight.
That’s about all we get for both his hue and stature, which is refreshing. It avoids the overachiever mistake of explaining things that are better left unsaid (credited to Jay Scherick, David Ronn, and Blaise Hemingway).
Clifford The Big Red Dog Movie: Full Review
The illustrations for a children’s book show Clifford as a red fire engine and as tall as a house, but he is in “live-action“. Clifford looks like Bumblebee or Elliot from Pete’s Dragon. Despite his “realistic appearance’’, he doesn’t look so frightening to blend in with his surroundings. He seems creepier when he’s pigeon-sized but shaped like a larger animal.
On the other hand, the film’s true secret weapon isn’t hidden: It’s Jack Whitehall, who plays Emily Elizabeth’s well-intentioned uncle. Whitehall’s Uncle Casey holds the whole thing together, while Emily Elizabeth is the protagonist and Clifford is the plot. His acting establishes the tone and gauges the audience’s emotions, and he brings mediocre jokes to life and makes people laugh.
From the beginning, ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ appeals to both animal lovers and younger audiences. The film, based on the same-named children’s book series, focuses on being an enjoyable and heart-warming story, despite some absurdity. Despite the storyline holes in the light-hearted screenplay, the central message of compassion and acceptance remains relevant.
Clifford the Big Red Dog has a big heart, but the slobbery, tacky humor almost destroys the day despite an incredibly skilled ensemble.