Review By JENNIFER KALI
I was home sick with two kids (ages 2 and 6) by myself and took care of them the only way I could manage – an all day movie marathon. I was interested in showing them the super cute animated “101 Dalmatians” that I remember enjoying as a child, positively reviewed on this blog previously. But the live action version was available for free on Netflix, so that is what we watched.
The movie is sweet enough, with a cute love story paralleled between the dogs and the owners. The puppies are super swoon-worthy. There were some hard parts for my daughter to get through. Fur is a tough subject matter and once she realized what Cruella De Vil’s intentions were with the puppies, she was reduced to a sobbing mess. She had me reassure her throughout that no one would die, and in the end declared it a great movie. It was an emotional journey but she enjoyed it.
My son, only two years old, didn’t follow the movie but he liked the dogs and enjoyed the slapstick comedy of the dog thieves, yelling “CRASH!” every time they crashed into something.
Overall, this is a nice movie. Not movie of the year great, but an enjoyable time. There are some great stars that make the movie shine – Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, and Hugh Laurie as a surprisingly comedic dog thief. I would recommend it for your next rainy day.
Rated G. Common Sense Media recommends this for ages five and older. My six-year-old enjoyed it but was very emotional throughout.