Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Jul 2021)
Brief Synopsis – After his parents are forced to give their do to a local businessman due to financial issues, a young boy searches for his dog that is apparently also on a journey through the country to get back home.
My Take on it – Intriguing idea that doesn’t work as well as the original film does.
They do manage to adapt things to a modern day story, but there is less emotional here with the story than they were able to achieve in both the original story and the film made nearly 80 years ago.
The film is shot quite well and the vast landscapes show are quite breathtaking to watch but the fact that things aren’t as powerful when it comes to the characters and story hurts things a bit too much.
The fact that they take the time in one scene to show the route on a map that Lassie is most probably taking helps give a more geographic connection to the story and that is quite helpful for those of us unfamiliar with German geography.
The villainous character is shown as a complete fool and this is obviously done for kids, but it comes across in a very silly manner regardless.
There is very little chemistry between any of the characters and that also hurts things because it takes away from the believability of things.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – One of two films released in 2020 titled “Lassie Come Home”, the other being “Psych 2: Lassie Come Home”, being a pun on the nickname of the character Carlton Lassiter. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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