Max is very ‘American’ yet not at all alienating, with a charming and interesting premise.
Part of the film’s engaging nature derives from quick and adept character development, but the most appealing quality in this movie is sensitivity. Max allows for plurality, complexity and compassion within its fairly traditional parameters.
The film falls short as a result of outlandish and redundant plot developments, and also an unnecessarily intrusive and sometimes incongruent soundtrack.
Overall, however, this family flick is entirely earnest, encapsulated by Josh Wiggins’ performance as Justin, which is beautifully awkward, his wry-aside glances filled with vulnerability.
Max is deceptively simple and entirely effective. Heart-melting and humorous, this moving film has more to offer than an adorable dog.
CAST: Thomas Haden Church, Josh Wiggins, Luke Kleintank, Lauren Graham, Robbie Amell, Mia Xitlali
DIRECTOR: Boaz Yakin
WRITERS: Boaz Yakin, Sheldon Lettich
SYNOPSIS: Max, a dog that served with US Marines in Afghanistan returns to home, and is adopted by his handler’s family after suffering a traumatic experience.
A preview screening of Max was kindly provided by Warner Bros. Pictures and Grapevine Digital.