A film in which eight dogs are the stars is getting four-paws-up reviews from
several critics. Writes Wesley Morris in the Boston Globe: "The 16 or so
huskies playing the eight sled dogs in Disney's umpteenth animal adventure,
Eight Below, do Oscar-caliber acting. They race, heel, attack, lick, and
fall over. And at least one has a mean death scene. At nearly every turn, I
swear I knew what they were thinking and how they were feeling." Steven Rea in
the Philadelphia Inquirer compares the film with the old Disney "True
Adventure" feature documentaries, and concludes that it amounts to "a
crowd-pleasing, tear-jerking adventure yarn." Allison Benedict in the
Chicago Tribune calls it "the Brian's Song of dog movies" --
"schmaltzy, feel-goody, inspired-by-a-true-story-y. It's formulaic and
frequently over the top, 30 minutes too long and altogether too slow, but oh
when those gorgeous, graceful pups tilt their heads just so ... love." Several
reviewers advise: Bring lots of Kleenex.
The film is almost half an hour longer than 'The Force Awakens'.
The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.