This was an Amazon Studios film that I got to see when it was added to Prime. I had some desire to see it when it was in theaters, but it never came anywhere remotely close to me. After watching it, I am still slightly puzzled, as it was definitely... unique.
The film is essentially four short stories connected by a central character: the eponymous wiener dog. There is a transition between the first two stories that is part of the plot, however, the transfer of ownership is never explained between the second and third or the third and fourth stories. In this regard, it feels a bit jumpy. I can't really tell if this was purposeful or accidental. There is a lot of great commentary in the film. The film is really about life and death, how life is short and should be taken advantage of. The film shows this literally, through plot lines literally revolving around death, and metaphorically, through plot lines involving isolation. It's really interesting, and rather thoughtful.
The film has a very, very dark sense of humor. There are jokes involving suicide, alcoholism and drug use, cancer, and more. The purpose of these jokes really isn't to offend, but rather to create a sense of juxtaposition, in which the dark commentary is complemented by humor. It's actually a really unique approach, and while it is almost never laugh-out-loud funny, there are a lot of parts that can make you smirk. The funniest moment in the film is the intermission, which parodies modern pop culture and has a quite humorous original song. The film does, however, have a lot of heartwarming moments too. This is a result of the brief character development that we are allowed during the stories of the film.
So overall, "Weiner-Dog" offers a lot of good commentary on death. If you can appreciate humor revolving around dark subject matter, this film is likely going to interest you. If not, I would avoid it.
Big Tuna's Rating: B+
How Did I Watch It?: Amazon Prime.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.
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