Not many animals are more emotive than collies: those anxious eyes, the long face, that occasional humanoid smile. This is why Lassie is a legend. And Lassie, a franchise reboot more successful (to my eye) than Batman Begins, is about as good as a Lassie movie can be. Taking after the original 1940 novel, the film’s set in pre-WWII Britain, and Lassie, sold because times are tough, must travel a picaresque 500 miles to return home to little Joe (Jonathan Mason). Maybe I’m a sucker for dogs, but my eyes welled up. Twice. Woof!
Genre: Kids and Family, Action/Adventure; Starring: Samantha Morton, Peter O'Toole, Robert Carr, Peter Dinklage; Director: Charles Sturridge; Author: Charles Sturridge; Release Date Wide: 09/01/2006; Runtime (in minutes): 100; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Posted August 30 2006 — 12:00 AM EDT
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