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Happy Fourth of July (and a movie review of Max)

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 4, 2015, 7:46 AM

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Hey guys.  Not much new to report this time around.  Just working on all the usual rotations of projects. I hope you all have a Happy Fourth of July, and don't have to go to work today (like I do). But yesterday, my folks and I WERE able to get out to see a movie, called "Max"; about a military service dog (which I guess can tie into the holidays today).   So here's my review of it; copied from my Amazon review profile:

Both my folks and I have always been avid animal lovers--dogs especially. So as soon as we saw the trailer for this, we wanted to see it--my Mom especially. And while we all left the theater having enjoyed it, I can't help but also have some mixed feelings over it (but more on that in a second).

Max is a Malinois Shepherd dog serving in Afghanistan with his handler, Kyle. While on a mission, Kyle is killed in action, and Max, having formed such a strong bond with him, won't respond to any other handler. However, when the dog takes a liking to Kyle's younger brother, Justin, he's sent to live with his family. It then falls on Justin to help Max through the PTSD he's obtained from combat, and in the process, Justin learns the true meaning of responsibility, doing the right thing, and being a hero...especially when it comes to light that some of his late brother's friends and squad members were doing less than honorable things overseas.

The dog, Max, of course, is who we all came to see, and I think anyone, dog lover or not, will like him. His undying loyalty is both moving and a tearjerker, and he conveys plenty of emotion just in his eyes and actions. As for the human cast, they all do a decent to excellent job. Justin starts off as a slacker who doesn't really respect what his brother does, but gradually, learns to be a better person. His dad is an army vet who wants what's best for his kid, and while being tough and no nonsense, he also learns to be more truthful about his feelings. And Justin's two friends are both likeable, and, by extension through Justin and Max, are able to better their lives and distance themselves from shady characters.

The main problem I have with this is the plot and pacing itself. Other reviews have called it a bit "disjointed" and "manipulative", and I can't help but agree. Certain scenes seem to be set up just to make you cry or feel sorry for the characters...and sad thing is, it kind of worked. It's impossible not to like Max, but I wish that more of the focus stayed on him and his history with Kyle, rather than the plot with Justin trying to expose the arms dealers within his late brother's squad. On that point, I DO give credit to the writers for not painting the military as rosy and perfect, and that there ARE shady dealings going on within our own ranks, and that it's our responsibility to stop these people and do the honorable thing.

None the less, I've seen this plot done before, and done a bit better. The old, "person learns to do better by befriending an animal" routine. While Justin IS likeable, I think we actually learn more about his friends than we do him. And while I feel bad for Kyle dying, we know little to nothing about him (which makes it all the stranger why Max would bond with Justin so quickly--another thing I think was rushed a bit--he starts listening to Justin in literally the first scene where they first meet).

I guess what I'm getting at is that I think this is a movie that didn't really need a villain. It could've simply been about Max and Justin bonding with each other. Or even better, it could've focused on Max's bond with Kyle, and their adventures and missions together on the front lines. Drama can come just from life and nature itself, and not a physical "bad guy".

But I guess I'm judging by what I would've LIKED to see, versus what I got, and as it stands...it's okay. I DID like it...I just think the focus should've been different. Honestly, the real pictures they showed in the end credits made me cry more than the actual movie. If you're an animal and/or dog lover, then definitely check this out. But if you want to see the "human bonds with animal" plot done a bit better, then check out movies like "Beethoven", "K-9", and "Dolphin Tale" (and that one was actually based on a true story).

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Happy Fourth of July (and a movie review of Max)

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 4, 2015, 7:46 AM

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Purchase the "Jamie Jupiter" trade paperback books, HERE: www.indyplanet.com/front/?prod…

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Hey guys.  Not much new to report this time around.  Just working on all the usual rotations of projects. I hope you all have a Happy Fourth of July, and don't have to go to work today (like I do). But yesterday, my folks and I WERE able to get out to see a movie, called "Max"; about a military service dog (which I guess can tie into the holidays today).   So here's my review of it; copied from my Amazon review profile:

Both my folks and I have always been avid animal lovers--dogs especially. So as soon as we saw the trailer for this, we wanted to see it--my Mom especially. And while we all left the theater having enjoyed it, I can't help but also have some mixed feelings over it (but more on that in a second).

Max is a Malinois Shepherd dog serving in Afghanistan with his handler, Kyle. While on a mission, Kyle is killed in action, and Max, having formed such a strong bond with him, won't respond to any other handler. However, when the dog takes a liking to Kyle's younger brother, Justin, he's sent to live with his family. It then falls on Justin to help Max through the PTSD he's obtained from combat, and in the process, Justin learns the true meaning of responsibility, doing the right thing, and being a hero...especially when it comes to light that some of his late brother's friends and squad members were doing less than honorable things overseas.

The dog, Max, of course, is who we all came to see, and I think anyone, dog lover or not, will like him. His undying loyalty is both moving and a tearjerker, and he conveys plenty of emotion just in his eyes and actions. As for the human cast, they all do a decent to excellent job. Justin starts off as a slacker who doesn't really respect what his brother does, but gradually, learns to be a better person. His dad is an army vet who wants what's best for his kid, and while being tough and no nonsense, he also learns to be more truthful about his feelings. And Justin's two friends are both likeable, and, by extension through Justin and Max, are able to better their lives and distance themselves from shady characters.

The main problem I have with this is the plot and pacing itself. Other reviews have called it a bit "disjointed" and "manipulative", and I can't help but agree. Certain scenes seem to be set up just to make you cry or feel sorry for the characters...and sad thing is, it kind of worked. It's impossible not to like Max, but I wish that more of the focus stayed on him and his history with Kyle, rather than the plot with Justin trying to expose the arms dealers within his late brother's squad. On that point, I DO give credit to the writers for not painting the military as rosy and perfect, and that there ARE shady dealings going on within our own ranks, and that it's our responsibility to stop these people and do the honorable thing.

None the less, I've seen this plot done before, and done a bit better. The old, "person learns to do better by befriending an animal" routine. While Justin IS likeable, I think we actually learn more about his friends than we do him. And while I feel bad for Kyle dying, we know little to nothing about him (which makes it all the stranger why Max would bond with Justin so quickly--another thing I think was rushed a bit--he starts listening to Justin in literally the first scene where they first meet).

I guess what I'm getting at is that I think this is a movie that didn't really need a villain. It could've simply been about Max and Justin bonding with each other. Or even better, it could've focused on Max's bond with Kyle, and their adventures and missions together on the front lines. Drama can come just from life and nature itself, and not a physical "bad guy".

But I guess I'm judging by what I would've LIKED to see, versus what I got, and as it stands...it's okay. I DID like it...I just think the focus should've been different. Honestly, the real pictures they showed in the end credits made me cry more than the actual movie. If you're an animal and/or dog lover, then definitely check this out. But if you want to see the "human bonds with animal" plot done a bit better, then check out movies like "Beethoven", "K-9", and "Dolphin Tale" (and that one was actually based on a true story).

________________________

My Top 10 Favorite Eps. of Time Squad: youtu.be/AO-QBjH2-e8

My Top 10 Favorite Eps. of The Twilight Zone: youtu.be/_U8sfBJCK5o



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I was born, and have lived in Pittsburgh my whole life. While other girls wanted to be princesses and put on make up, I wanted to read comics and watch cartoons all day (and I still do). I'm now making my dream of creating my own comic book come true. :aww:

The alien with the glowing blue hair that you see above you is Jamie Jupiter. She's an intergalactic police officer, who disguises herself as a high school student. Only two of the students know her secret, and they must now help her to defend the Earth from evil alien invaders.

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KarToon12 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Try it again; the link didn't work.   ^^;
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Awww....:heart:
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Dr-Scaphandre Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015
Remember when you said you wanted to see more of Jamie and myself genderbent? Well... Presenting Daisy the perilous space damsel and James Jupiter the handsome space hero. www.deviantart.com/art/GenderB…
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KarToon12 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG!  That's so awesome!  :giggle:  :laughing:   As soon as I can, I'm adding it to the fan art page!  :D
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Daisy: James! Are you...hitting on me?!
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James:  :eyes:
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Do you love being a critic ?
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KarToon12 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wouldn't say I "love" it, but it's something I like to do from time to time.
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