Rescued by Ruby is a new Netflix movie that features a really cute dog. And spoiler alert, the dog never gets hurt. Here is my Rescued by Ruby 2022 review. Let’s dive in.
Rescued by Ruby 2022 Review
Rescued by Ruby 2022 is an American Netflix original biographical drama film directed by Katt Shea. It stars Grant Gustin, Scott Wolf, and Kaylah Zander.
State trooper Dan dreams of joining the K-9 Search & Rescue team, but no one will give him the chance. Shelter dog Ruby dreams of having a home, but is running out of hope. When fate brings Dan and Ruby together, it’s their unshakable bond that helps them face their toughest challenge yet.
So if you saw the trailer for this, you’ll notice that it looks and feels exactly like a Hallmark movie, because that’s exactly how the movie itself plays out. I mean, the trailer doesn’t lie for this one.
It’s a schmaltzy story about a state trooper who desperately wants to join the search and rescue team, but he doesn’t have a dog, so he naturally does what any aspiring K-9 officer does. He goes to the animal shelter and looks for one.
And that’s where he meets Ruby, who is part border Collie, all cute and completely rambunctious. She’s been adopted many times before, but everybody brings her back because they just can’t deal with her antics. So of course the slightly high-strung cop is the perfect match for this slightly destructive and ADHD dog.
So none of this should actually work. I mean, the movie should be completely unwatchable because of how cheesy and overly dramatic things are, but the crazy thing is that by the end I was so invested in the story, I actually teared up at the sweetness.
The dialogue is simple, but it’s unnatural at times too, and there are so many plot conveniences for the story that no matter how impossible something might be, it’ll all work out.
The humor is forced for a lot of it, and when it’s not forced, the majority is obvious and even sometimes cringe-worthy.
The acting is sufficient. I mean, there’s nothing stellar we see, but also nothing is even close to so terrible that it alone makes me want to turn it off. For such a simply and predictably executed story, there’s a surprising amount of character development on Dan and Ruby.
And everyone else doesn’t really get much info shared on them, but they’re also just side characters that are in the periphery.
We learned a good deal about Dan over the course of the film, explaining his motivations, his fears, and his dreams. Now Dan may look familiar to many as he’s Grant Gustin, who plays Barry Allen or The Flash in the CW series.
We also get to see some great growth from Ruby as she transitions from toddler-like shelter dog to fully capable search and rescue officer.
The camerawork is creative, but also becomes a bit tiresome and one of the ways that they execute it. We get to see a bunch from Ruby’s perspective, so the camera will get sort of this fisheye effect and it’s closer to the ground level as it just bounces around as Ruby runs and searches for things.
The color then also shifts to be much less vibrant. Imitating what it might look like to see how dogs view the world. That’s fun at first because we are in her shoes, but it’s repeated a ton. And while I do appreciate that it’s a filming choice and not just a one-time gimmick, I did get tired of its use.
Now the trajectory of the plot we see coming a mile away. There’s nothing really shocking or surprising in this. And there’s even the inevitable training montage to help condense time while Roby and Dan train.
This isn’t without its drama either. There are some scenes that play out parts of the story arc to help draw us into the relationship between Dan and Ruby and one sequence actually went on for longer than I expected it to, which meant that they were extending the drama to try and maximize its effect.
This didn’t bother me because it wasn’t so drawn out that it became boring, but it did create some mild suspense in what direction the story could go in.
When all is said and done, the movie turns out to be sweet and inspiring. Really, there’s nothing groundbreaking here, but that’s okay. This is just a feel-good movie that’s based on true events. And this is a quick watch also. I mean, it’s only 93 minutes and the time goes by pretty quickly.
So overall, Rescued by Ruby is cute and sweet and very predictable. There’s nothing too deep here with the story, but the lighthearted and inspiring tone of the narrative provides a really nice break from a lot of the dark and dreary content that I normally watch.
The acting is sufficient with a decent amount of character development for our leads and despite the schmaltziness of the whole thing, It still put a smile on my face and even brought a couple of tears to my eyes.
Now I am a sucker for a cheesy but happy story and this one delivered. I think if you know what you’re in for and you want something that can help lift your spirits without having to invest too much time or maybe even attention, this can be a satisfying watch. And there’s no sex, nudity, profanity, or even violence.
So I am going to give Rescued by Ruby 2022 film 3/5.
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Rescued by Ruby 2022 Trailer
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