Jul 11, 2011

Wilfred (American Version) Review


Wilfred stars Elijah Wood as Ryan, an unemployed loser who's miserable with his life and fails at suicide, but has his life turned around when his hot neighbor asks Ryan to watch her dog Wilfred (Lucy Oates). Everyone sees Wilfred as just a normal dog, but for some strange reason, Ryan sees Wilfred as an Australian man in a dog-suit who has full conversations with him.

When first I saw the previews for this show, I didn't know what to make of it but it didn't really draw me to it. After a couple of episodes had already been on the air, I kept hearing rave reviews about the show. So I caught up on Hulu and can agree with the reviews I've been hearing. The show is hilarious and profound. It's partly so funny because of the jokes themselves and partly so funny because the directing is just so perfect.
Though I've only seen the first two episodes, there is a concern that the show may have a limited run. I'm not sure how long the premise can really fuel the show, especially when they make such frequent use of pot-smoking scenes. These are my only two complaints about Wilfred however, because there's so much awesome that outweighs it.

Final Say: Everyone should give this show a chance. Maybe it's not for everyone, but I think it's pretty great and probably one of the best shows on this Summer. It also raises some interest in the original Australian version of the show, though I have no idea how to go about checking it out. Check your local listings! I give it 4 1/2 *'s out of 5, or 9 *'s out of 10!

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