Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Little Q Review: A Dog Gone Cute Movie

Simon Yam	...	Li Baoting Gigi Leung	Gigi Leung	...	Li Bao'er Him Law	Him Law	...	Simon Charlie Yeung	Charlie Yeung	...	Ms Chan Shanshan Yuan	Shanshan Yuan	...	Ms Lo Angela Yuen	Angela Yuen	...	Chan Zhiqiao (youth) Chutian Liu	Chutian Liu	...	Chan Zhiqiao (childhood) Frankie Lam	Frankie Lam	...	Mr. Lo Roger Kwok	Roger Kwok	...	Chan Qi Ming Hu	Ming Hu	...	Ah Qiang Rest of cast listed alphabetically: Allie Chan	Allie Chan	...	Cherry J.J. Jia	J.J. Jia	...	Fiona Tony Liu	Tony Liu	...	Bar owner Niu Lu	Niu Lu	...	Master

Release date: August 17, 2021 (Blu-Ray)
Running time: 106 minutes
Director: Wing-Cheong Law
Writer: Susan Chan
Starring: Simon Yam (IP Man), Gigi Leung (The Monkey King 3), Him Law (The Monkey King 2), Charlie Yeung (Bangkok Dangerous), Shanshan Yuan (Lobster Cop), Angela Yeun (The White Girl), Frankie Lam (The Merger), and Roger Kwok (Kung Fu Mahjong)

Little Q, a yellow lab with a curious birthmark, is training to become a guide dog for the blind. When his training is complete, Little Q is sent to help Lee Bo Ting, a famous, recently blinded chef. Irritable and bitter, Bo Ting is at first reluctant to rely on Little Q and even tries to drive him away several times. But through his loyalty, Little Q eventually teaches Bo Ting how to trust again, opening him up to a new life of wonderful possibilities.

Wai-Chu Chan	...	producer Ping Jiang	...	producer Zheng Yan	...	producer
Look, I'm not going to belabor the point.  Little Q has a cute puppy that you get to watch for almost two hours, so what is not to like.  The film has this adorable pup throughout, from little puppy to an old dog, and she's sweet throughout.  The movie follows Q's journey as she goes into the lives of a few people, and touches them all.  Q is an adorable dog and one that anyone who loves animals will get behind.  And overall, the film has a good message about opening up to others and needing companionship.  The film also has a fun filter that it puts on the footage that we watch through Q's eyes, a nice touch to help the viewer see what the namesake dog is seeing.  And the film does have an overall sweet message about love and friendship.  

However, this is balanced by the the toxic at times Li Baoting, who is portrayed well by Simon Yam but is a little too obnoxious at the start of the film.  I didn't feel much sympathy for him despite him losing his eyesight because of how ungrateful he was.  But that being said, he does seem to go through a character transformation throughout due to Little Q.  But this character change takes wild jumps as he goes from 0 to 60 in record time.  I appreciated this change, but I would have liked if the film would have had a smoother ramp up, with some middle ground in between.  The story itself is an enjoyable one, but one that also seems to take large jumps.  You get some of Q's early life, and a decent amount of her later life, but not much in between.  Overall, the film will pull at your pet lovers heartstrings, but you might not enjoy it more than simply as an excuse to look at a cute dog.

Little Q's sweet story of a dog, companionship, and all the people that she touched will tug at your heartstrings and make you fall in puppy love. 

Rent it.

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