Hachiko: A Dog's Story

Is it wrong to want my kids to emulate a dog? My reasons are pure I assure you.
Richard Gere stars in Hachiko: A Dog’s Story, as the reluctant dog-owner Parker Wilson who comes across the abandoned Akita dog at a train station. The bond between man and dog is quickly forged, never to be broken, even after a death threatens the faith of Hachi. Hachi remains happily loyal to the very end, waiting for his owner to return.
There, see? My intentions are based completely on love. A kid whose faith and loyalty matches that of the dog Hachi would be a happy and enriched child. I’m just sure of it! Pardon me for suggesting such a thing but I’m a mother of a four year old who can’t wait long enough for the toast to pop.
Alright, I have to admit, he may get this impatience from me. If Hachiko hadn’t been based on a true story I would have been bored. Okay fine, I was bored a little bit. I hate to admit this because I’m always preaching that boredom comes to those with very little imagination. Give me a little break though, watching long sequences of a dog wandering around, sitting down, standing up, looking around and then sitting down again is bound to shake even the most imaginative among us. I had to remind myself, it’s all in the title, it is after all, a dog’s story. I was able, after such a reminder, to enjoy the movie for what it was: A true story that brings credit to the ever bequeathed title ‘Man’s Best Friend’.
This movie does, however, show why that title says man’s best friend. I was hugely annoyed with character Cate Wilson (Joan Allen) and her treatment (or lack thereof) of Hachi. C’mon lady, throw the dog a bone once in a while! Well, yes so she did give him a few treats once, but when push came to shove she didn’t lift a finger.
So the bottom line is, I didn’t love it, but I’ll still recommend it for those nights when there’s nothing else at Redbox.

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