WHAT'S IT ABOUT

When middle-schooler Emily Elizabeth (Darby Camp) meets a magical animal rescuer (John Cleese) who gifts her a little, red puppy, she never anticipated waking up to find a giant ten-foot hound in her small New York City apartment. While her single mom (Sienna Guillory) is away for business, Emily and her fun but impulsive uncle Casey (Jack Whitehall) set out on an adventure that will keep you on the edge-of-your-seat as our heroes take a bite out of the Big Apple. Based on the beloved Scholastic book character, Clifford will teach the world how to love big!

What did we think

  1. Anthony Sherratt December 16, 2021

    I love kids' films. There's usually an earnest idealism and an innocent joy underpinning the story that can't help but envigorate even cynical souls. Sadly, CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG does not do this. At all. Despite having a wealth of existing material to draw from, the film adaptation is a drab by-the-numbers film with very little appeal. ONLY small children will enjoy this shallow and simplistic movie. And those younger kids will adore it. But older kids will be bored and us big-kids-at heart will leave bemoaning what we could have done with the time we just lost. Though to be fair, I did spend some time thinking about the movie but sadly it wasn't the plot, characterisation or anything important. No, instead I was fixated on the fact that British actor Jack Whitehall used a truly dreadful American accent throughout the film DESPITE the fact his family in the film was supposed to be British. His cliched messed-up-but-good hearted uncle act might have saved this movie... well no, it wouldn't have but at least that terrible accent wouldn't have grated the entire 97 minutes.

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