Rated: PG Reviewed by: Chris Release date: February 18, 2005 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox
Who doesn’t love a story about a kid and their dog? The kid here is a lonely 10 year old girl named Opal (AnnaSophia Robb) in desperate need of a friend. She finds a friend in a scruffy mutt that she names Winn-Dixie after she discovers him trashing her neighborhood grocery store. She names him after the store.
Based on the popular novel by Kate DiCamillo, Opal narrates the story, describing how her mother leaves Opal and Baptist Minister father. She thinks about her mother every day and to add to her loneliness, she and her dad have just moved to a small Florida town named Naomi.
The two members of the family live in a trailer park and her father conducts church services in the local convenience store. The town is filled with odd and colorful characters, and Opal riding her bike with Winn-Dixie trailing behind her meets up with all of them.
There’s Mr. Alfred, her cranky trailer park landlord, Otis, the guitar strumming drifter (musician Dave Matthews) who manages a quirky pet store. Miss Franny the kindly librarian (Eva Marie Saint), and Cicely Tyson a blind recluse named Gloria Dump. Each one of them seems to have a piece of advice or a bit of comfort to share with the child.
Newcomer AnnaSophia is a natural talent, each emotion she displays seems real and the stellar cast broadens the audience for this tale about children. Kids will love the smiling, energetic dog and adults should appreciate the varied characters and wonderful performing skills. I enjoyed this appealing and homey film immensely.
|Because of Winn-Dixie||C||B||B-|