Clifford The Big Red Dog is a good enough family film for the streaming era, if you’re like me and don’t have kids and don’t necessarily like being around restless kids at a film like this, home is the safest bet.
The aspect ratio in theaters was a weird choice where I caught it on a Saturday morning for a promotional screening where some press were invited, yet I was the only press member there. Was that a sign for bad things to come?
What I found out it wasn’t vindictive of the film, but possibly press members know how these promotional screenings go and turned it down. However, I am glad to say, amongst a second viewing at home it’s a blast to watch, it has a ton of low brow humor that may make the kids laugh and parents racist their eye brows towards. If you grew up with Clifford The Big Red Dog it’s a fitting adaptation for the big screen or the silver screen at home since it is now streaming on Paramount +, there are a few flaws and or directions I wanted Clifford to take that I will mention in the next paragraph.
The dialogue is of course clunky and sometimes a drag to listen to, but in a movie like this you come for the familiarity of the subject matter and the CGI of Clifford which is fantastic yet again, one of the best parts of the movie. The acting from John Cleese and Darby Camp make the acting watchable in other words which is the weakest part of Clifford The Big Red Dog is in fact the acting, of course Paramount Pictures isn’t trying to win Oscars with this adaptation instead their trying to win your heart by telling you it’s perfect to different and they will win your heart by the end of the movie.
Overall grade: 2.5/5
Written By: AJ Friar