Hollywood’s Newest Phenomenon Soars: ‘The Art of Racing In The Rain’


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Milo Ventimiglia (Denny) poses for the cameras at the preview for “The Art of Racing In The Rain.” This production is the actor’s biggest acting job yet, which drew more publicity and paparazzi to the preview. Amanda Seyfried (Eve) offers photographers a big smile at the preview for “The Art of Racing In The Rain.” The actress has starred in many films including Mama Mia, one of Hollywood’s most successful productions.

Izzy Sareen ’22

If you are a dog enthusiast and have been on the edge of your seat for another dog movie to enter the theaters, you’re in luck. 20th Century Fox’s newest production, “The Art of Racing In The Rain,” will satisfy your hunger for animal films. This movie specifically changes up the pattern of animal movies, by featuring the viewpoint of the actual pet, and not just its owner.
The main character of this movie is a golden retriever, Enzo, who’s life is the main focus of the movie.
Enzo was adopted by a racecar driver named Denny, when he was just a puppy. The two became inseparable best friends and traveled through life’s greatest obstacles together.
Along the way, Denny starts a family, which takes awhile for Enzo to get used to. There are many horrific events the pair have to overcome, but they overcome them together.
There’s a more tender and sensitive mindset towards animals, especially in movies. You already know what to expect when there’s a dog in a film. There’s normally a very straight and predictable story arc, starting with a human receiving a puppy and ending with the death of that dog.
But, “The Art of Racing In the Rain” is different. This movie showcases the dog’s perspective of the world, instead of the world’s perspective of the dog.
During the first few scenes of the movie, the directors whizzed past the moments of Enzo’s youth, and only showed the most important bits and pieces of it.
After about 20 minutes into the movie, there starts to be more of a focus on how Enzo is personally dealing with the tragic events of his and Denny’s lives, and how these events affect him as a living being.
During the course of this movie, I was constantly on the edge of my seat, never knowing what to expect. There were countless times where I was predicting something would happen, which wound up not being the case.
For example, there are a couple times during the movie where the directors made it look like Enzo was about to die, only shocking the viewers when he survived.
The incredible performance of Milo Ventimiglia who plays Denny, and Amanda Seyfried who plays Denny’s wife, Eve really brings the story to life. The two actors’ natural chemistry helps to enhance the quality of the movie greatly.
The unpredictable events of “The Art of Racing In The Rain” will keep viewers on the edge of their seats, eagerly waiting to find out what happens next.
This movie features a unique point of view from a dog, which is shown just like it would be from a human’s perspective. Enzo is a relatable character, with reactions and emotions much similar to the ones of humans.
This story appeals to viewers of all ages due to its unique points of view, carefully crafted characters, and overall exceptionally entertaining storyline.