I'm a sucker for a sappy movie involving a
dog, and the cover of Darling
Companion (as well as the back cover blurb) certainly led to think this was
going to be a sentimental pet/owner story along the lines of the heartbreaking
Hachi. It turned out to be more of a quirky story about human relationships.
Written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan, Darling Companion is very similar in
tone to some of Kasdan's earlier works, particularly The Big Chill,
Grand Canyon and French Kiss. Beth (Diane Keaton) saves an
abandoned dog from the side of a highway, then adopts it and quickly falls in
love with "Highway". Beth's work-obsessed ego-centric surgeon husband, Joseph
(Kevin Kline - one of Kasdan's favorite go-to actors), proceeds to lose the dog
in the woods of Colorado when the family has gathered for a wedding at their
summer home. What follows is an ensemble comedy, as various friends and
relatives spend the next several days roaming the woods, searching for the
missing dog, and forging, breaking and mending bonds with each other. This is a
slow-paced movie, which relies on the viewer's interest in the characters and
their evolving relationships to maintain interest rather than a rigorous plot.
The performances are charming, particularly Kline, Keaton, Dianne Wiest and
Richard Jenkins. The setting and music are engaging, and I highly recommend this
if you enjoy "character studies", rather than plot-driven films. [If you enjoy
this, you may also wish to try Grand
Canyon or The
Big Chill.] -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library [Subscribe to
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