Film Review: Moon Dogs
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Moon Dogs is a low-budget indie from the award-winning Welsh director Phillip John. Despite his new film being both funny and well-acted, it doesn’t quite deliver in terms of story. Moon Dogs follows step-brothers Michael (Jack Parry-Jones) and Thor (Christy O’Donnell) who live with their re-married parents on the Shetland Islands. After Michael misses out on university due to Thor keeping him out late before an exam, they decide to trek to Glasgow together in order to check up on Michael's now distant girlfriend Suzy (Kate Bracken). Along the road, the pair encounter the troublesome Caitlin (Tara Lee), also on route to Glasgow to take part in a local music competition. As the three journey on, feelings for the promiscuous Caitlin blossom in the troubled step-brothers, which threaten to damage their already fragile relationship. The majority of the cast is made up of younger actors, all of whom are really impressive in the film. Newcomers Jack Parry-Jones and Christy O’Donnell are both great to watch and really get into their roles as the naive youngsters. Tara Lee is also great, and steals a lot of the early scenes of the three travelling together. The film portrays Caitlin as a powerful character throughout, and in several scenes she shows the extent of her dominance over the step-brothers in the subtlety of her performance. Lee does very well to fully show this.
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