A Boy and His Dog- June 28th

A Boy and His Dog (1975)
English- Science Fiction Dark Comedy
Rated- “R”
Runtime- 90 min.
dir. L.Q. Jones

I initially shirked away from this movie, dismissing it as a piece of knock-off cruddy sci-fi.  It came up several more times, and I eventually added it.  The problem of my first dismissal was caused, I believe, by the overall flooding of the Instant Watch with random stuff that no one likes.

But, I could go on about that for ages…hey look!  I put up the WordPress rating tool above my posts! Rate them!                                                                                       Story/Writing: 1/2

What I got instead was a weird, campy precursor of proportions too epic for one small film like this.  The writing from scene to scene is great, but the story itself gets lost at some points.  This is a problem, along with the fact that it seems like there is a lot more to explore, and no time to do so.

Acting: 1.5/2

Don Johnson is pretty good in the lead, but he leans quite a bit on the duo present in Blood, the dog.  With Tim McIntire doing the voice, and “Tiger” doing the physical acting, Blood becomes the most likable character in the whole movie.  Most everyone else does okay to good jobs, but nothing coming quite so close.

Photography/Set: 1.5/2

Classic photography on sometimes less than decent sets is all this really needs to add to the all-around feeling of campy-ness.

Sound/FX: 1/2

Most of the effects were practical and believable.  The only bad spot was the scene in the “theater”, which was printed with not enough lighting and contrast.  After seeing some decent quality shots previous to this, the change is unforgivable.

Misc: 1.5/2

Really fun at a lot of points, but I feel like it under-delivered at others.

VERDICT: 6.5/10

Required watching if you’re into historically significant science fiction films.  There is a lot of controversy regarding the final scene and final line of the movie, something I’ll discuss below.\/\/\/\/\/\/

Do not highlight unless you mean it! Spoilers!

So the last few minutes of the film alludes to purposefully feeding human remains to animals (namely Blood).  A lot of people think that this was misogynistic, that a man holds his dog (a metaphor for any output of a man’s manliness, e.g. his car) higher than a woman’s life.  The director/writer has claimed that he didn’t mean anything like that with the line and I agree that it doesn’t mean anything past the pun.  Although the line is cruel and groan-worthy as a pun, I think that it is meant as more of a way to put the film in a nutshell:  The apocalypse is terrible and violent, and you need to find a way to survive.  That, and humor is a necessary component of a sane life, so you laugh at what you have to look at.  If you feel the need to respond to this portion of the post, do so in a very vague manner please!


About svolkmer

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