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Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero - Brave, Adorable Dog Deserved a Better Movie

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Submitted by Bethany on Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:34

It's hard for me to give a movie with the phrase "American Hero" in the title a bad review.  But oh boy, was this movie a stinker.  The story was interesting, and one that deserves to be told well.  This movie did the opposite of that.  Within the first two minutes it used two of my least favorite movie tropes - starting the movie one place then cutting to "six months earlier", and utterly pointless narration. 

This movie tells the story of a stray dog who sneaks in to an Army training camp, and into the hearts of the men on the base.  He endears himself to them, and when they go off to fight on the front of World War I, Stubby goes with them.  The dogs antics and heroics are the star of the movie, but the story was told in such a plodding, boring way.  The animation was not great, the narration usually did little to move the story along and could have been completely cut without losing anything (except I suppose the one big name attached to the project, Helena Bonham Carter) and the whole thing was super predictable.  At times it would do random things like all of a sudden switch to the dog's point of view as he ran across a field - why was this necessary?  

The only redeeming quality of the movie for me, was when the dog was taught to salute.  Every time he did so was just so dang adorable I couldn't help but smile.  Other than that, this movie that should have been a great tale of the bond between man and dog just fell flat.  It's too bad, because Stubby sounds like he was pretty awesome, and he deserved a better tribute.  All in all, I recommend you don't waste your time on this film.