Into The Dark: Good Boy is a story that is based on Maggie aka Judy Greer. Maggie is a journalist by profession, working for a local outlet in Los Angeles, stuck in between the tangling situations of life. Emotionally and mentally, she is very much alone, and because of which she wants kids. However, because of her age, she is not able to come to an appropriate point of decision. Besides this, she is also going through anxiety, and adding on to that the place where she seems to be residing doesn’t prove to get familiar with her because of her landlord, who keeps on hiking the costs. There’s a lot in her life that she wishes were different. After she learns that her outlet has gone digital and has pushed her and the rest of the team into freelance positions, her boss (Steve Guttenberg) suggests getting an emotional support animal for her anxiety. Maggie soon adopts Reuben (Chico the Dog). It doesn’t take long after the adoption, though, for things to heat up. In honor of National Pet Appreciation Week and directed by Tyler MacIntyre (Tragedy Girls).
INTO THE DARK: GOOD BOY focuses more on the disadvantages of high living production processes Blumhouse and Hulu have kept up with the production of this series. As the series steps forward, the particular cracks caused by the production schedule are becoming less easy to camouflage. While the concept of this episode is pretty stellar (and hits home for those of us journalist Angelenos who struggle with that work/life balance), the execution is less so. The film is less horror and more black comedy, with Judy Greer doing the majority of the heavy attractions. However, this does not mean that it’s a film to write off. There’s plenty to enjoy in this homage to the more crazy pet-owners out there.
Basically, Into The Dark: Good Boy, is based on and relates to an emotional support dog drenched in the blood from the enemies that Maggie holds. It generally portrays to cut off the complexities of what it actually means to get lonely that is often going on in the society. Through this story, we can discover those facts and figures with a help of an anxious smart dog.
Good Boy does a brilliant job at portraying the complications of one, having a child alone, and two, having a child later in life when every doctor and person is reminding you of the limited time left on the clock. The cost of getting her family, $10,000 to be exact, would have been stressful itself but moving to contract work has pushed her to her limit. But beyond that, Maggie isn’t identified by her age, while she is dealing with fertility issues, the truth is that she’s a woman dealing with pressures from her own expectations for herself, work, and more.
The relationship shared between Maggie and Reuben is the most eye-catching, heartfelt, and adorable. Whether it was Aaron Eisenberg and Will Eisenberg‘s script or Greer’s acting, Maggie is a character that evokes empathy from the audience and is just genuinely hilarious. The best part of the story arises during the ill-treatments where you will observe how Reuben turns highly furious in-order to protect his victim. The proper utilization of fake blood is the perfect choice over-relying on showing Reuben actually eating people. Which makes finally seeing monster Reuben all the more impactful. Plus, it lets you continue to see the adorable pup as just that which adds to the comedy of the film.
Additionally, with breed restrictions and stereotypes against large dogs which lead to them being killed by both cops and shelters at higher rates, the choice to make Rueben a small little pepper over a large one is a good one, and Maggie’s willingness to protect her best friend is something I think a lot of pet owners can vibe with.
The story overall is simple and that’s what has served Into the Dark productions best and it proves to be a winner for Good Boy. There are some weird story beats, like Maggie connecting with a young influencer that he used to babysit and having her move from working as a journalist to becoming a barista. That said, the overall look and feel of the film are well worth the watch and overwhelmingly fun – especially for dog owners.
Good Boy is an unusual film that doesn’t really have a low point. While there are some odd choices in its storytelling, this is one well worth watching, especially for dog-moms who have dealt with fur baby who begins to do what they think you want instead of what you train them to do. Good Boy is well-served by the unlikely but undeniable chemistry between Greer and Chico, who plays her loyal canine pal Reuben. But a good deal of credit must also go to Steve Guttenberg, whose stunningly authentic performance as a toadying little wretch of a managing editor sets the gold standard for all future newspaper movie and TV shows. If Good Boy were real life, practically every newspaper reporter in America would be a suspect in his extremely satisfying demise.
If you have not been watching the Into The Dark series on Hulu, you are truly missing out. Good Boy is more of a thriller than a horror movie, and it is a lot of fun! Totally a must-watch movie, especially for dog lovers!