The Art Of Racing In The Rain (Movie Review)

Oscar Rendon | St. Louis, MO | August 21st, 2019

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The Art of Racing in the Rain stars Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried, and Kevin Costner as the inner voice of Enzo. In this family centric film we get to see life through the eyes of a dog as Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner) goes through life with his owner Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia) as he ages through all of life’s biggest milestones from love, loss, and the thrill of the race.

WARNING: SPOILERS


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When theres a dog in a film and it’s the main character we can always guarantee 2 things, the dogs death and us sitting in the theater ugly crying, add on top Milo Ventimiglia from This Is Us who already makes us cry enough on his show and you might as well bring all the boxes of tissues for this movie. What can I say about this film that my tears haven’t already said, the acting per usual was phenomenal, I believed Milo & Amanda’s chemistry on screen which made that much sweeter for the good times and bitter in the bad times. The film is directed from the perspective of a dog so there is a lot of things we miss if we were following the people because as a dog Enzo is restricted in certain places but whats amazing is how they worked around that and gave us a look inside the mind of Enzo. Kevin Costner’s voice as Enzo’s inner voice is beautifully casted, you feel the years on him as he recounts his life.


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We meet Enzo as an adult in the beginning of the film and he recounts everything leading up to his last moments on earth, from his point of view we see how a dog would see life unfold for people from the ups and downs of his owners life, Denny Swift played by Emmy Nominated Actor Milo Ventimiglia. From making us cry on This Is Us Milo brings another role to life as we all wish we could be like Denny, from the cool race car driver aspect of the film to how good of a guy he is and his drive for success. Amanda Seyfried also delivers a great performance as Eve, Denny’s love interest. What Eve brought was her own personality and added to the Enzo/Denny dynamic. She creates her own bond with Enzo that I couldn’t help but love see grow and develop throughout the movie. The story is just life for the film, it could’ve gone any direction and it really wouldn’t have mattered because it’s about Enzo’s perspective and what life lessons it chose to display in the film. Enzo himself had a small arc with how he helped define Denny’s family at the end and the full circle moment at the end that really brought it all back to Enzo and Denny’s special bond to each other and to the race track. Overall, the film is a tearjerker if you’re a dog lover and you are expected to cry. Milo Ventimiglia & Amanda Seyfried are phenomenal and Kevin Costner’s voice both soothes you and makes you sad as Enzo’s life is played out from beginning to end.


The Grade

A