Darling Companion is a comedy film that revolves around the story of Beth played by Diane Keaton as she save a dog from the side of a freeway on a winter day in Denver. She is currently struggling with her husband Joseph (Kevin Kline) and a home that feels empty for her. Amidst the trouble she starts forming a bond with the rescued animal until Joseph loses the animal after their daughter’s wedding. The chase goes on for the search of the lost dog with the help of remaining guests of the house. Darling Companion however did not garner as much thumbs up from critics in the country. Let’s take a look at a couple of reviews:
“Darling Companion: A Short Leash To Greatness
I really wanted to like “Darling Companion,’’ which reunites the wonderful and seldom-seen Kevin Kline with one of his best collaborators, director Lawrence Kasdan, 29 years after “The Big Chill’’ and 21 years after “Grand Canyon.’’
Sadly, expert work by Kline and other favorite veteran performers such as Diane Keaton, Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins and Sam Shepard can do only so much to disguise the narrative impoverishment of this tale of midlife romance among mostly well-to-do 60-somethings.
Kline and Keaton (who have great chemistry) are a longtime married couple who travel to their vacation “cabin’’ in Colorado for the wedding of their daughter (the criminally underused Elisabeth Moss of “Mad Men’’).
The day after the ceremony, Kline’s character, a massively condescending surgeon, allows a stray mutt his wife has adopted to wander into the woods while he’s self-absorbedly conducting business on his cellphone.”
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On a more positive review, let’s take a look at Claudia Puig’s movie review for Darling Companion:
“A Warm Feel With Darling Companion
That a dog can be a man or woman’s best friend has yet to be disputed.
And in the case of Darling Companion (* * 1/2 out of four, PG-13, opens Friday), a rescue pooch can be a more attentive family member than a self-involved mate. Dog lovers will instantly warm to the handsome stray collie mix, but they may struggle to fully embrace the amiable but toothless adult story surrounding him.
Director Lawrence Kasdan’s latest feature film has less angst and bite than his zeitgeist-nailing films such as 1983′s The Big Chill or 1991′s Grand Canyon. But he nimbly directs this character-driven, heartfelt saga, which he co-wrote with his wife, Meg.
Diane Keaton is the warmhearted Beth, who spies a stray dog on the side of a freeway and takes him home with the help of her daughter, Grace (Elisabeth Moss). Her husband, Joseph (Kevin Kline), a dedicated surgeon but distant spouse, resists the charms of the canine Beth dubs Freeway.
But Freeway is no run-of-the-mill dog, and he melts Joseph’s somewhat icy heart. The pooch also becomes a key link between Grace and Sam (Jay Ali), the veterinarian who treats him and then falls for Grace.”
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