Review by Brian Lowry, NCS
Who’s a good present? Not “Turner & Hooch,” which goes to the dogs in the unsuitable method, forsaking a Disney+ sequence that’s mainly a remake however tries too exhausting to place itself as a sort-of revival. The result’s a semi-confused cop drama that no quantity of drooling and soulful puppy-dog eyes can repair.
Forging a free connection to the 1989 film, the sequence focuses on Scott Turner (“Drake & Josh’s” Josh Peck), a San Francisco-based US Marshal who occurs to be the son of the character that Tom Hanks performed. But dad, in what quantities to a narratively handy bummer, just lately died, forsaking a nice huge rambunctious canine for Scott to soak up who’s “almost like the original Hooch came back.”
Scott, naturally, doesn’t need the furry monster destroying his condominium, so the present replicates the identical beats as the film. That additionally contains Scott assembly a new potential love curiosity, Erica (“Glee’s” Vanessa Lengies), who trains police dogs and is immediately keen about him, though he’s painfully gradual to choose up on these cues.
Developed by “Burn Notice” producer Matt Nix working with motion director McG, “Turner & Hooch” comes with a pretty prestigious pedigree for such an effort however doesn’t handle to do something actually distinctive in the three previewed episodes. In truth, they’re just about throughout the place, together with an incongruous “Die Hard” homage, and a semi-serialized thriller that’s gradual to take form.
While designed to be considerably household pleasant, the tone proves uneven. Part of which may stem from the thinness of the supply materials, since the unique has its moments however was hardly a basic, so no person was actually howling for this.
Peck is charming sufficient, however at a sure level watching the lovable French mastiff mess issues up or steal a bunch of donuts (being round cops has its benefits on the latter rating) can’t assist however yield diminishing returns, making this really feel like a TV sequence plucked from the days earlier than everybody had cable, a lot much less streaming.
At greatest, the sequence provides to a lengthy legacy of marvelous film/TV mutts (the Disney+ films “Togo” and “Lady and the Tramp” amongst them) who don’t simply hear “Blah blah blah” when individuals bark orders at them. But even when Hooch sits at consideration like a good canine, after a few episodes of “Turner & Hooch,” it’s exhausting to share that endurance or loyalty.
“Turner & Hooch” premieres July 21 on Disney+.
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