The Art of Racing in the Rain: More than a Movie

By Peter Caram.

There are new movies released all the time, but choosing the right one to spend your money on can be a challenge. The new movie, The Art of Racing in The Rain, is based on the best-selling novel by Garth Stein. It takes place in present time, and it is a story about a dog named Enzo who is not a normal dog. He has a human soul but in a dog’s body, and his life changes when he meets his owner, Denny. Denny is a racecar driver, and he adopts Enzo, who grows to understand Denny and his passion for racing.  Eventually Enzo gets jealous because Denny meets a woman named Eve, and they begin to spend a lot of time together. Denny and Eve get married and have a daughter named Zoe, who Enzo grows to love, and she eventually comes around to love Eve as well.

Enzo is a very intelligent dog, and the audience will fall in love with the character because he says a lot of wise things that make us feel better about ourselves.  One of Enzo’s observations is, “The best drivers don’t focus on the past or future; the best drivers only focus on the present.” What that means is that you can plan, think, and dream about your future and you can focus on your past, but too much time spent on either one will cause you to lose focus on what is happening today.  The most important thing I learned from this book and movie is the idea of the rain, and that “rain” could be anything. The rain represents something you are going through, such as depression, and when that something is happening to you, the only thing you can do is be present. If you fight the rain, it is going to win, but if you use it to create your own condition, you can control the outcome.  “No race was ever won in the first corner, but many have been lost there.” It’s human nature to overreact to outside forces in our lives. Staying calm in the face of adversity enables us to learn and adapt to our present, and to shape a victorious future. The Art of Racing in the Rain teaches us many important lessons.

Peter Caram