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‘Lady and the Tramp (2019)’ Review – Clumsy Canine Charm

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‘Lady and the Tramp (2019)’ often fails to blur the lines between “streaming-quality” and “cinema-quality” entertainment. All in all, though, the experience is more charming than not.

The movie is a live-action remake of the 1955 animated classic. It is original to Disney+ and stars the voices of Tessa Thompson, Justin Theroux, Sam Elliot, and more.

‘Lady and the Tramp (2019)’ has many likable qualities. Its screenwriting is not one of them.

Dialogue exchanges between the movie’s canine stars were, for the most part, pleasant. Exchanges between the film’s human stars, however, were not so. In fact, much of the film’s human aspect was poorly executed.

Most human characters in ‘Lady and the Tramp (2019)’ were nothing more than convenient plot devices. Their dialogue was often unrealistic and radical. And, many times, it only existed to move the story forward. This is especially true in the cases of Yvette Nicole Brown’s Aunt Sarah and Adrian Martinez’s Elliot.

The film’s actors, however, seemed fully invested in the material, even if they were given a bad script. This is always nice to see.

Especially invested were the film’s voice actors. A couple of my favorite vocal performances included Ashley Jensen’s Jock and Benedict Wong’s Bull. Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux also stood out as the film’s two leads.

And, on that note, the relationship between Lady and Tramp was very well-executed. The 30 minutes of the film focused on building romantic tension between the two were easily the best. Their back-and-forth banter was endlessly charming and fun to watch. And their bond felt fully-realized.

The famous “Bella Notte” scene (the spaghetti scene) was brought to justice. It felt pure and full of magic. And the scene that followed was gorgeous, on both a physical and emotional level.

Speaking of, the entirety of ‘Lady and the Tramp (2019)’ was gorgeously-realized. The film’s costumes and sets were rich with detail. The movie’s color palette was perfectly coherent with its cozy, New Orleans vibe. And its cinematography was beautiful, especially during those 30 minutes I mentioned above.

The film also benefits greatly from starring real dogs. They never cease to be adorable and will keep any dog lover invested.

In conclusion, ‘Lady and the Tramp (2019)’ is a badly-written charmer. While the movie’s script weighs it down substantially, there remains a lot to love about the film. Many important aspects of the animated classic are well-portrayed in this remake. And it’s, overall, very entertaining.

‘Lady and the Tramp (2019)’ is pretty much just a TV movie with a big budget. It’s a pleasant pass of time and I’d happily suggest it to any new Disney+ subscriber.

★★★☆☆

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