Before I begin, let me say that I tend not to be a huge Channing Tatum fan. In this movie, this is not the case. I got caught up in the story of this former Army Ranger Briggs struggling to cope with his own circumstance and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and the relationship he builds with Military Working Dog (MWD) Lulu. My prior opinion of Tatum was based on seeing him perform in two-dimensional roles like Magic Mike, 21 Jump Street, and This is the End and was surprised to see him deliver a performance that was believably authentic as a soldier struggling with the transition into civilian life. I personally found the storyline multi-faceted and compelling as it addressed the reality of issues like the commonality of Veteran Suicide, PTSD, and TBI. Moreover, the movie shows how soldiers (both K9 and human) are treated as expendable when they no longer serve.
In this film, the storytelling is so compelling that you might laugh one minute and cry the next. It's not as good as Steel Magnolias, but it made me feel everything and at one point I had to hug my dog.
I would rate Dog 4 out of 5 stars with a kong ball thrown in for Lulu. Good job, girl. She made all the MWDs out there proud. ~Hadley