DogMan 2023 movie review

Imagine indulging in the occasional revenge fantasy as a child. Now, envision a scenario where a renowned movie star suddenly becomes your best friend, right after your actual best friend stops talking to you. Or picture MI5 reaching out to enlist your help for a top-secret mission. Better yet, consider training a diverse array of dogs to be your loyal companions, aiding you in taking down foes and even pilfering diamonds. This latter premise forms the core of Luc Besson’s latest film, and it’s just as zany as it sounds.

Caleb Landry Jones portrays Doug, our hapless protagonist, whose life is an unending string of misfortunes. He withdraws from society entirely and seeks solace in an abandoned school, surrounded by a pack of canine comrades. The bond between Doug and his furry friends is so profound that it borders on telepathic. They comprehend English fluently, executing tasks from stealthily swiping valuables from a wealthy woman’s bedroom to exerting pressure on a local crime boss with their formidable jaws.

However, Doug isn’t merely the leader of a group of remarkable dogs. Confined to a wheelchair since his tumultuous upbringing, he transitions into a drag artist following a failed job search montage set to the tune of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).” He divides his time between belting out Édith Piaf and Marlene Dietrich tunes on stage and overseeing his canine cohort as they embark on daring jewel heists. He’s the ultimate multitasker.

While cinema should embrace imaginative leaps and bold visions, this film ventures into the realm of the utterly ludicrous. Despite its originality and commitment, Luc Besson’s creation is undeniably far-fetched, perhaps to a fault. While there may be potential to make such a premise entertaining, unfortunately, Besson misses the mark.

Besson rose to fame in the 1990s with acclaimed films like “Léon” and “The Fifth Element,” but his career was marred by rape allegations from an actor on “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” though he was later cleared of all charges. “Dogman” serves as his intended return to prominence, but while it demands attention, it fails to captivate in a positive manner, leaving viewers unable to look away for all the wrong reasons.


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