Love takes a furry twist in this slice of romantic comedy. A young woman falls for a stray dog with a secret: by night, it becomes a man. Follow the journey of the golden retriever and the friend who gives him a home in "Love on a Leash".
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Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2018
Fantastic in every way, Love on a Leash isn't just some $5 budget camcorder movie made in a weekend to make scam DVD sales money, it's got twists for days, wonderful acting (especially from both guys who play the dog), CGI confetti for no reason other than to lift your spirits and a killer score from Peter Davison.
This movie does what every director young or old attempts to do with their cinematic attempts. Only the greats get to the level where one can watch it and no be able to think about anything else. There are those who will chose to focus on some of the weaker aspects like the sometimes shoddy dubbing and the sub ILM level effects for the magic pong woman who gives this dog the power to become human, but instead focus on the true artfulness of this movie. Try and keep your eyes off of the screen, you cannot.
Like Hitchcock and Anderson before her director Jennifer Ten creates something that is impossible to peel your senses away from. I am even of the opinion that the sections without any musical accompaniment are simply there so that we are not distracted from the gorgeous yet realistic tones on display. Directors sometimes choose to shoot their films in black and white so that we are not distracted by color for the same reasons as her. This film has elements of story in it too brave for the modern Hollywood writer to even dare dream of putting down on paper, and it is a true shame that this film was not given the budget that it needed in order to have the budget not distract from the art.
Beauty itself is something that one can look at for an hour or hundreds and not want look away for the chance of forgetting it in one's mind's eye for a moment. This movie is just... incredible, and it makes one (upon further introspection and further delving into the themes) consider just what love means and how we can interact with anyone enough and find ourself in love. Magic does exist out there, and with a bond between woman and beast strong enough who's to say it wouldn't show its shy face for a moment to make the physicality possible.
A masterpiece in audio, a masterpiece in visuals, and a masterpiece in storytelling with which the genre and this world are rarely blessed.
This film is a veritable masterpiece. The cast put on the performance of a lifetime, and you could feel the raw emotion pouring out of the screen. From the incredible soundtrack to the nuanced camerawork, Love on a Leash exuded all the qualities of a true work of art. The plot was also airtight and engaging. Truly a wonderful film.
Part of my decision to watch this was the premise and the fact that it received a high rating. There are major /blockbuster movies and classics that do not have a 9 of 0 rating, so curiosity won me over. I'm into no-low budget movies and campy ones, as long as it's obvious satire, funny, or really good actors and story. Not everyone has connections or money to produce a quality movie but there's usually something about it that makes it a diamond in the rough. Also, regardless of budget, if it's clear the filmmakers, cast, and crew did the best work they could do, with the resources they had, then you try to give it a shot. If it's FREE.
With that said, this movie was a disappointment. I only gave it A one-star rating because I thought the premise was interesting. Just not executed well at all on so many levels.
REVIEWS: It's clear, many of the reviews over two stars are affiliated with or just feel bad for the production. This is not even a "b or c" movie that's so bad you have to love it. So if you're about good sound design, acting, story, and cinematography, then this is not the movie for you. If you've got time to kill, not a cinephile budding filmmaker, movie critic looking for the next breakthrough performance then knock yourself out.
Just because a movie is no or low budget, with limited resources doesn't mean it can't be good. IF the filmmakers take the time to learn the art of filmmaking before charging people to watch it. We all have choices and art (just like beauty) is in the eye of the beholder. If you're watching as an AMAZON prime member, well, you're already paying for movies so you're not really losing anything.
But if you're actually thinking of renting or buying this...
I can't add much to the reviews already given. For a low-budget film, they did get a pretty good dog. Read some of the other reviews and decide if you want to carve an hour or so out of your day to view talking ponds, swimming ducks, all shades of green in the known universe, and of course Alvin Flang, uncensored. If you hate the movie right away, turn it off, because it only gets worse. If you're entertained by the absurdity, keep watching; there is much more to come.. I don't even know if it's so-bad-it's-good. It's something, and 5stars for what it is.
What if Ed Wood made a romantic dog comedy and a tearjerker about lost love and randomly shuffled the scenes together. The result would be better than Love on a Leash. I won't say anything about the plot because tracking the absurd and illogical lurches in story are one of the few pleasures to be gained from this dumpster fire. While the directing is pure garbage it is edged out for incompetence by the sound. Some scenes have no sound whatsoever... no voices, no background, just deathly quiet. This got to be a little triggering by the end of the film. Pure morbid curiosity let me watch to the end for a payoff that is supposed to be sweet, but provoked the one good laugh I had during the entire film.
I mean, it was horrible but it was enjoyable. I swear that time makes no sense in this movie. I honestly thought it was a 2-3 hour movie but it was only an hour and a half? I don't even know what to say. I am just so confused and have so many questions that will remain unanswered unless they make a sequel. My friend thinks that the reason the movie doesnt make sense was because it was made by a dog for dogs. They have no sense of time.