What would it be like to love someone but not be able to tell them? To share their life, but not be able to share your thoughts?
Such is the life of Enzo, a pet dog at the heart, both literally and figuratively, of the movie The Art of Racing in the Rain. Enzo loves his owner deeply – and learns to love the rest of the family just as deeply, but of course he can never tell them that with words. Only in the way that dogs can love us just by being in our lives.
This movie is an adaptation of the well-loved bestseller of the same name, and stars Milo Ventimiglia as race car driver Denny Swift, Amanda Seyfried as his wife Eve, and Kevin Costner as the voice of Enzo – and the narrator of the film.
The book has been called “a heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty and hope… a look at the wonders and absurdities of human life, as only a dog could tell it.”
And the movie brings all that to life on the big screen.
Milo Ventimiglia & Amanda Seyfried, stars of the film
When asked what attracted him to the role, Ventimiglia said, “It was a beautiful human story, through a unique point of view.”
He went on to say, “For me, it was an opportunity to play another Good Guy, hopefully a guy that inspired other guys to be good,” referring to his role on the hit show “This Is Us.”
He said he felt the movie offered a message of hope, and of love that goes beyond what we know of this existence.
For her part, Seyfried felt her co-star’s character is much like Ventimiglia himself: a man who gets knocked around by life, and stumbles from time to time, but doesn’t let that keep him down, or fall into self-pity with a Why Me? attitude.
“I don’t think I’ve ever heard him complain,” she said, of Ventimiglia.
Simon Curtis, Director
Director Simon Curtis said he was a fan of the book, like millions of people, and even though the book came out several years ago, now more than ever felt like the right time to make this film.
“It’s a reminder of what’s important in all our lives, and that we should cherish our family, our friends, our pets, because you never know what’s around the corner, ” he said.
Spoiler Alert: the film is filled with heartfelt moments as well as heartbreaking ones. We won’t give anything away here, but you may want to read other reviews before deciding whether to take your kids with you – or whether you can see the film without a box of Kleenex.
The Art of Racing in the Rain opens in theaters on August 9th, 2019. The film is rated PG.