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Why Hachi A Dog’s Tale is one of the best dog movies ever | Hachiko Lives

The dog who waited. Hachiko can never be forgotten. Hachi A Dog’s Tale movie makes sure of that too.

Hachiko: The Dog Who Waited

Words fail to describe it, but tears don’t. It is that pious routine of waiting religiously every single day for his master to return, hoping one day he will show up, that makes Hachiko’s story a powerful one. Hachiko wrote that story himself, with his unwavering conviction and undying love for his master. He lived it every single day and we can’t even begin to imagine the pang underneath those hopeful waiting eyes.

still of Hachiko dog Hachi: A Dog's Tale train missed

It was as if Hachiko was born for loyalty. Like every other dog, he housed unconditional love in his soul for his master, and it spoke volume through his wait. Ten years! Almost ten years he waited unvarying, without giving up until one day life gave up on him. Can you imagine the yen in his eyes, the wait in his heart, and the constant struggle with disquiet in his soul, that too on an everyday basis? He literally lived through pain, an incessant mourning that never seemed to stop. He had him believe that his master would return. All of it, so heartbreaking that the sheer thought of it fills you up with tears.

Hachiko’s eyeful of hope had never heard of despair. His loyalty is no match to anything the world has to offer. Keeping that quotient in mind, the movie on Hachiko the dog was made.

The Movie Hachi A Dog’s Tale

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale did every bit justice to the poor Akita dog. It sways in with goodies galore and then snatches it away almost at once, kind of like life. Choice of Richard Gere as the professor was perfect. He brings warmth to his Parker Wilson character, sustaining himself on screen and then playing with his void.

still of Hachi the puppy in Hachi: A Dog's Tale movie

Being a tad taciturn the movie, (depicting silence in a dog’s life) Hachi A Dog’s Tale tries to cash in on its extraordinary music. The constant stunning piano in the backdrop brings out a contemplative mien. The score of Hachi is composed by Jan A. P. Kaczmarek, and he does a fair job listing the gloom inside you alongside his notes.

Screenplay of Hachi: A Dog’s Tale at times go deep in its own laconic way.

Parker Wilson’s brief contemplation on music and life before he passes away oddly puts him amidst his thoughts.

“There’s an element of music that cannot be captured. Life cannot be captured. The human heart cannot be captured. The moment of creation itself is fleeting.”

At so many junctures people try to explain to the grief-stricken Hachiko, that the dead can’t return, but Hachi never gives up. All he had was his master, and the life he chooses is the one of wait.

“You do not have to wait anymore. He is not coming back.”

still of hachiko from hachi: a dog's tale movie

What tops that all is that Hachi wasn’t eloquent like us. He could only speak with his actions. With every loyal act of his, it appears as if a dagger is nailed into your heart. Such shattering pain, and this movie depicts everything beautifully.

Giving Hachi A Dog’s Tale a Calm Direction

Lasse Hallstrom’s direction is magnificent as well. His frames carry tranquility. Hachi A Dog’sTale is slow paced to give you ample time to reflect. Whilst his frames depict the poor dog in pang, you can’t help but listen to your own thoughts of dejection.

For the better part of the movie, you realize how nobody really cares about Hachiko the dog. It is sad to watch the world pass by the poor thing without batting an eye for his story. It is a shame that the most humane world overlooks the most sentient dog sitting on the station all by himself waiting. But then comes that attention from the right area.

The time when Cate Wilson played by Joan Allen finds Hachi still waiting for at the station will rip you apart.

“You old thing, you are still waiting.”

The mute Akita’s eyes say a lot without actually saying anything. Hachiko was well casted, and well furbished. He has deep lamenting eyes that steer you towards the right direction of anguish.

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Remembering the Dead

It goes without saying that Hachi A Dog’s Tale is one of the saddest movies ever made. Even sheer love that your dog oozes out when you return from some far-off place brings tears to your eyes. And this is Hachi you are talking about. His love is rare. Stories like that of Hachi’s need to be celebrated, and forever remembered.

Tears are indispensable. Sometimes you need them to wash down your pain. If you wish to see something that breaks you down almost instantly, Hachi A Dog’s Tale is the movie for you. Place it amongst your rare favourites.

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Room Review (2015)

Adorable, powerful and literally captivating!

Room is a dive into the head of a child’s perspective, who witnesses the world for the first time. Emma Donoghue comes with a tale that is so beautifully wrapped under the outlook of Jack who believes space is confined. It is in a way reflective of how we have been living in today’s world, and how possibilities gawk at us from a distance, and we are never prepared to challenge ourselves into stepping out.

Ma: You’re gonna love it.

Jack: What?

Ma: The world.

The plot of Room unfurls like a beautiful flower. You are thrown into the mundane sphere of daily chores, and then suddenly you are told what’s happening and what seems to be the disconnect. It is hurled at you at once, amidst the regularity and it is hard to handle just like Jack’s head refuses to accept it. But then again that is the truth. Jack, the smart kid he is, accepts it and tries to help his Ma out, whilst challenging himself to a bizarre world that he has never encountered before.

What are quite thoughtful are Jack’s diegetic thoughts which go in the background often telling you how he feels about the world. They put your insight in the garbage. Seeing the beauty of the world through a learning phase is indeed really soothing. That’s where the screenplay goes really brilliant. His words are so powerful and yet so innocent that he will compel you to go broody.

Jacob Tremblay is exceptional as Jack who turns five and knows everything. Brie Larson plays an outstanding Ma, and fiddles with the right emotions. So is Joan Allen as Nancy, Jack’s grandma who epitomes sanity and tries to put sense and normalcy in the inane.

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Film’s most touching moment is when Jack reunites with his mother and the music bashes your nerves to dust. It makes you happy and sad at the same time. But that’s only the half of it. The rest of the movie progresses with how he tries to gel up with the asynchronous. Lenny attempts to manifest how Jack sees his surrounding through his sheepish eyes once he is out in the open. You can almost feel yourself feeling sorry for Jack and Ma. It would make you want to hug him right up and teach him the ways of the world.

Room concludes at an arresting juncture where Jack wishes to see the room he used to live in. He finds it smaller now that he has seen more of the world, and bids every object he used to adore so much in that room farewell, as his ultimate closure. It is really so pensive that you can’t shake it off. It was like he was in a womb till he aged five.

If you are a drama freak, you can’t simply miss this one. Brilliantly thought of and well written. Thank you Emma!

This is yet another mind-boggling movie by Lenny Abrahamson who brought us Frank an year ago. You can find the review of Frank here: Frank Review