Movie Review: Because of Winn Dixie

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Because of Winn Dixie Summary

Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni has just moved to the fictional small town of Naomi, Florida with her father, an unnamed preacher.

While in the Winn-Dixie supermarket, Opal encounters a scruffy Berger Picard that is wreaking havoc. Opal (not wanting the store manager to send the dog to the pound) claims that it is her dog and names it “Winn-Dixie”. Winn-Dixie becomes friends with everyone it encounters, and so Opal makes some new friends in the process. She also rekindles her relationship with her father, and learns ten things about her mother, Benjean-Megan, who abandoned them seven years ago. Opal describes the preacher as a turtle, always sticking his head into his turtle shell, and never wanting to come out into the real world. This is most likely because of how sad he is about her mother, with whom he is still in love.

One of the people Opal meets is Miss Franny Block, a kind and somewhat eccentric elder librarian, who tells her many great stories, including one involving a bear. Opal also meets Gloria Dump, a blind African-American recovering alcoholic with a “mistake tree” in her backyard with beer bottles hanging from it. Gloria tells Opal the bottles represent the ghosts of all the things she has done wrong.

One day, fed up with Winn-Dixie, the landlord of the Buloni’s trailer park, Mr. Alfred, demands they get rid of the dog. The preacher calls the animal pound, but Opal begs her father to keep him. Unable to see his daughter upset, the preacher asks the pound to return Winn-Dixie, claiming it is not the same dog he called about.

Opal gets a job at Gertrude’s Pets and befriends a worker there, Otis, a shy ex-convict with a passion for music. She also meets a young girl named Sweetie Pie Thomas, who is eager to get a dog like Winn-Dixie. Later, a thunderstorm comes and Winn-Dixie, being pathologically afraid of thunderstorms, runs away. While Opal looks for it, her father wants to give up and she blames him for the loss of her mother and Winn-Dixie running away. The preacher explains that he tried very hard to look for her mother. He then admits he believes she is never coming back, but is grateful she left Opal with him. Later they go back to a party and Otis starts to sing a song on his guitar. Winn-Dixie is heard outside howling along to the song. Everyone, while singing, lets it in and welcomes it back.

Because of Winn Dixie Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A good movie based off the book. Great for a comparing and contrasting lesson but also enjoyable for the family.

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