I'm a big fan of the MCU (McGinty Cinematic Universe).
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
If you're going to have a Toy Story 2 moment in your dog film, obviously inspired by that film's sad montage set to a Sarah McLachlan song, why not fully commit and license the Sarah McLachlan ASPCA commercial song? Opportunity missed.
Ever-so-slightly improves in the last 30 minutes or so, but this did absolutely nothing for me.
The atrocious dialog and pretentious voice-over turned me off immediately. I actually didn't mind initially that they had a unbelievable amount of freedom and independence for children their age in this modern world, as I figured it would make for a better movie than having the parents constantly hovering overhead. But then the kids rub it in our faces with their constant talk of their helicopter parents, behavior we almost never see, but which is simply invoked when necessary to…
I'm being a bit generous in my rating, primarily because the last 40 minutes or so of this film is solid (certainly the most consistently visually interesting portion of the film). But I can't recommend a three hour movie based on the final 20% alone. The rest of this film was a hard slog. Slow pacing, and somewhat disappointing action scenes. Perhaps, watching this 45+ years later, I can't appreciate how innovative this might have been in its time. But…