“The Art of Racing in the Rain” Review

John Bossler, Staff Writer

“The Art of Racing in the Rain” follows the lives of a race car driver, Denny Smith, played by Milo Ventimiglia, his wife Eve, played by Amanda Seyfried, and his dog, Enzo, through the perspective of Enzo, voiced by Kevin Costner.  The film touches on family love, sacrifice, and hardship.  Honestly, it is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen.  It is a heartfelt message to anyone who watches it. I loved it.

Looking at the title, you might assume the movie is about auto racing, but that is not the case at all.  While that may be a small piece of the puzzle, it is about a dog’s love for his owners and their love for him and each other.  Seeing the world as Enzo sees it is both moving and funny.  He says when dogs die, they are reincarnated into people.  We see this as a driving force in the film’s plot.   

We get to see Denny and Eve’s love for each other form and the early life of their daughter, Zoe, unfold.  There are funny elements, sad elements, exciting elements, and intense elements to this movie and I think this really shapes it into the powerful story it is.  Now, I’m not the type of person to get emotional because of movies, but this film had me in tears.  More than once.  I’d recommend it to anyone who asked.  

“The Art of Racing in the Rain” is available to stream on HBO.