Without a doubt, Trainwreck, starring comedy superstar Amy Schumer and directed by maestro Judd Apatow, is one of the most anticipated movies of the summer. However, what people don't know is that the movie-within-the-movie featured in Trainwreck called The Dogwalker, starring Daniel Radcliffe, is making waves of its own. The film may just be a silly work of fiction, meant to entertain audiences during a scene in which Amy (Schumer) and Steven (John Cena) go to the movies, but as all those who saw it know, it's so, so much more than that.
Although viewers only get to see a small portion of the movie, it's clear that The Dogwalker is nothing less than a classic of the indie-drama genre. Said to have premiered to rave reviews at Sundance, the film is a low-budget but quite serious work starring Daniel Radcliffe and Marisa Tomei about a dog walker (Radcliffe) and the dog's owner (Tomei). If you hadn't heard of it before Trainwreck, don't worry — it was so elite that it never even reached the pages of Variety, The Hollywood Reporter or Deadline. Hollywood tastemakers were adamant on keeping this Oscar-worthy film as exclusive as possible, not even sending it out to theaters for distribution.
At one point in the movie, the Owner says, "Everyone’s left a dog in a hot car at some point in their lives," to which the Walker responds, “I don’t think that’s true.” It's at that moment that movie immediately falls deep into a trance of self reflection, giving both Radcliffe and Tomei the ammunition they need to lock in a Oscar nominations for Best Actor and Actress, respectively.
What gives the poetic lines in The Dog Walker more poignant depth is the fact that 100 percent of this movie was improvised by Radcliffe and Tomei. I wouldn't be surprised if Tomei wasn't even cast in this movie, and she just happened to be in Bryant Park with her dog while they were filming Radcliffe's scene. The dialogue is just so natural, so real, so like lightning in a bottle, that it's hard to believe it could be anything but the result of a chance meeting between the actors.
The Dogwalker is one of those rare cinematic instances where the stars align and magic happens effortlessly. In my opinion, it is guaranteed to be considered one of the year's best films, a true masterpiece of modern cinema. It may never reach theaters in the United States, but perhaps it will eventually be released online or internationally... or you can just catch glimpses of it in Trainwreck.
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