I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart…
Apologies for the lack of updates yesterday. So far this year, I’ve done a pretty good job of posting at least one new item every day, but last night, I wasn’t feeling jolly enough to turn my mind to the wonders of the interweb. The reason for that is that I’d just watched Optimum’s recent DVD release of The Plague Dogs, a check disc for which I’d received on Tuesday for review at DVD Times. I’d never seen the film before, but I had seen director Martin Rosen’s previous animated feature, Watership Down, so I knew I shouldn’t expect a laugh riot. I also knew how the film would end, but despite this, the final scene hit me like a punch in the gut and left me emotionally drained in a way that I can’t remember a film having done to me in over a decade.
I’m currently in the process of putting the finishing touches to my review, and late last night, while sitting in front of my computer writing about the final scene, I did something I’ve never done before: I sat there and bawled my eyes out. It’s not a perfect film, and in fact along the way there is some frankly boring and meandering material, but it’s worth sitting through for the ending, provided you don’t have a problem with feeling like shit for some time afterwards.
The review should go up at midday (GMT) today, and I must say I’ll be relieved to get this over with, because I don’t particularly want to think about the film again for a long time, much less rewatch it.