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DogMan: what does the press think of Luc Besson’s new film?

DogMana dark thriller by Luc Besson

This Wednesday, September 27, 2023, it will be released in theaters DogManthe new film by Luca Besson. Before that, the director had proposed Anna in 2019. This time it is about a man who suffered abuse during his childhood. Growing up, Doug (Caleb Landry Jones) bonds with dogs who are, for him, the only ones who give him affection and in whom he trusts.

Also physically disabled, Doug uses a wheelchair. Despite this, he is the only one that people in his neighborhood turn to for help in dealing with a local gang. Using his dogshe is in fact capable of extraordinary things… Yet it is so injured and arrested by the police which we discover at the beginning of the film. To a psychiatrist tasked with questioning him, he will then tell his story where violence, transvestism and even songs by Edith Piaf.

DogMan ©EuropaCorp
DogMan ©EuropaCorp

With DogMan, Luc Besson is doing better than with his latest proposals. As we wrote our reviewhis film isn’t without its flaws, but it delivers an interesting character, in line with its predecessors, however with a darker treatment than usual. It is then the complexity of this “hero” that arouses interest DogMan.

Press review

If the first feedback on the film had fallen during the Venice Film Festival, the rest of the French press now he shared his opinion on DogMan. From the part of Publicationthe film is seen as “a cute thriller, full of tearful morals about the state of society“, While Cinema files describes Luc Besson’s feature film as “a mystical catch-all where you get bored“.

Same story for Le Figaro which speaks of a”the scenario is betadisarmingly childish, shot like an 80s music video“. Telerama proposes again”Caleb Landry Jones’ touching performance“, which however”he can’t save” the film.

Caleb Landry Jones - DogMan ©EuropaCorp
Caleb Landry Jones – DogMan ©EuropaCorp

However, we find more favorable opinions on the matter DogMan with the first Firstwhich also highlights the interpretation of the actor who “he manages with his intensity to transcend his role as a friendly monster and push all the sliders into red. What we call a real performance“. Western France he is even more enthusiastic about putting 4 stars for the film AssignedAS Paris match which goes so far as to present DogMan as one of Luc Besson’s best films.

With an average of 2.8 out of 5 for 23 newspapersit already does better thanAnna (average rating 2.1 out of 26 press reviews). It remains to be seen whether the public will respond. As we write these lines, DogMan gets an average of 4 out of 5 from 145 viewer reviews onwards Assigned.

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