Genre Guesstimation – Benji (1974)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by me and we will be reviewing our favorite Oscar Nominated or Winning Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Mar by sending them to andtheOscargoesto…

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Oscar Nominated or Winning Movies……….

“[to Benji] You have more independence than most people, and more charm.” – Mary

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Mar 2022)

Brief Synopsis – A stray dog trying to find a home, ends up helping two kids who have been kidnapped.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing for years because I recall as a kid hearing about stories abut a dog named Benji.

The story here is told in a very simple way which works even if it doesn’t manage to find a way to stay interesting the entire way through.

The musical accompaniment of the story helps keep things moving along and is used as a segue throughout to help pass the time between scenes by watching a cute dog walk from place to place.

This film actually got an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for the sing I Feel Love (known as Benji’s theme). It didn’t win at the Oscars that year, but it was the winner at the Golden Globes for Best Song.

The villains in the movie as a bit too comical and don’t even seem or feel like they would be competent enough to do anything that they try or even threaten to do especially since they are never shown as seeming nasty or villainous in any way.

Watching the dog throughout the movie is fun, but the story itself needs a lot more work.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This was one of the last movies, if not the only movie, that was ever released in filmstrip form. It was on two different filmstrip rolls and totaled over 360 shots, including the end credits. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. fun and simple story that doesn’t do much beyond what one might expect.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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