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Universal logo and illumination logo plays.
Scene starts with music that repeats with “welcome to New York”. I’m going to assume that’s the name anyway since it becomes so repeated that it’s almost hard to guess what other lyrics might pop up.
Anyway, we are greeted with a cinematographic view of New York in the morning, starting from the statue of liberty to a park with autumn colored trees. Beautiful animation work.
Then there is a voice-over of Max (a dog) talking about how much of a great life he has and how he first met Katie, her owner. The voice-over is a great way to tell what had previously happened, but is one of the most overused way people do it. I would probably like to choose a new approach, but whatever.
Then there is a flashback on how he was adopted by Katie. He was in a box that said free puppies, and Katie picks him up. I probably would have done the same if I were writing it, so it gets a pass. Also it was only like 12 seconds long. the flashback continues in her apartment with baby Max getting the ball with puppy doll eyes.
Max then proceeds to say it was a relationship that was”…you know”. I’m pretty sure means like those angry friends who get mad at each-other for some reason but are still together, but you can never be too sure.
Max proceeds to talk about their “complicated” relationship while these scenes are playing:
Max barking away at pigeons making them flee, except one caws back at him, making him retreat back into Katie’s arms, frightened with the looks of Vietnam flashbacks
Katie finds a shoe torn and chewed up. She then opens her closet seeing Max eat most of the shoes.
Whenever Katie walks by the couch, Max wags his tail. When She leaves the screen, Max looks really depressed (depressed like when your order and Amazon takes the maximum amount of days it estimated to deliver).
They sit outside on stairs in yellow slickers while it is raining. Thunder and Lightning strikes, and Max barks at it.
Max licks ketchup on a plate that Katie handed him while she was washing the dishes.
They are sleeping in bed. Max kicks in the air and then stops when Katie pets him.
They sit on a fire escape and look into the city while eating dinner. Katie then hugs Max.
If I were writing a script, these scenes wouldn’t come in mind. So I think the writers did a pretty good job making people attached to the characters.
“There’s just this one problem that happens everyday…” Voice-over max continues to say as Katie tries to leave. Max has grasped her scarf, trying to prevent her from leaving. Katie say’s “I’ll come back tonight” then gives him a kiss and Max immediately drops the scarf. This shows their relationship is practically unbreakable.
Max does the following actions: “Okay sit” “Roll over” “speak”. Obviously he barks instead of speaking though. She calls him a good boy then leaves. Max wonders what could she possibly be doing. He falls and for the first time, SPEAKS ” oh I miss her so much.” Then the doorknob turns and then he says “Oh, she’s back, she’s back” while Katie grabs her phone she almost forgot and leaves. While she does that though, Mark changes from speaking to barking back to speaking. This shows that they are in a fictional realm “If obvious enough” where dogs speak normally and humans hear it as barking, and possibly the same thing with other animals. Also great voice acting by Louis C.K.
“oh come on, I miss her so much” Max continues to say as he waits by the door.
Well that was 5 pages and I’m bored now so bye.
No spoiler warning because nothing in this movie has took a turn or anything.