Lassie Come Home
Sebastian Bezzel, Anna Maria Muhe, Nico Marischka, Bandit
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Its predictability, along with a nostalgic nod to a time not riddled by CGI creations, breeds joy, particularly for the kids in the room…
Wearing its wholesomeness like a shiny collar, the original canine superstar, Lassie, returns in Lassie Come Home.
A present-day remake of the 1943 film of the same name, Lassie leaps back into action under the guidance of German director, Hanno Olderdissen.
A set of unfortunate circumstances separates Lassie from her loving family. Stranded, the occasionally clumsy yet well-mannered canine is determined to return home. Her journey fulfils the prophecy of dog-centric films before it; the blueprint of which having been established by the world’s favourite Rough Collie herself.
Traversing amidst fields of sun-soaked knee-higher greenery, there is not so much a sense of adventure in Lassie Come Home as a parade of family-friendly mishaps.
Watching Lassie navigate through her series of hijinks is where the film finds its stride. It revels in parlour tricks to impress children; a feat it delivers with superficial charm. Questionable dubbing is present and trying to connect the speech to the mouth-movements might offer parents some entertainment as the film indulges in over-dramatics and excessive length.
What you come to expect from a family-friend pooch film, Lassie Come Home provides in spades. Its predictability, along with a nostalgic nod to a time not riddled by CGI creations, breeds joy, particularly for the kids in the room who will scream in delight watching dogs be adorable.