For the Love of Benji          review by Bobby Blakey

Anyone that grew up in the 70s and 80s knows of Benji. Through numerous features he brought along the fun and adventure that we loved as kids. Now Mill Creek is bringing home the second film For the Love of Benji home to Blu-ray.

For the Love of Benji follows Benji's family who is en route to a vacation in Greece when a fellow passenger "borrows" Benji for just long enough to tattoo a mysterious message on his paw. Separated from the family in Athens, Benji finds himself on the run from an assortment of international spies seeking an energy scientist, who has been working on a secret formula. I love the original Benji film and after recently re-watching it with the anniversary edition was happy to see that it still holds up well. This second installment in the long running franchise looked to capture more of what made the original film so great, but it doesn’t always work quite as well.

Right out of the gate they look to make the film bigger by making it international, but the silly nature of what spawned it all takes it out of the realm of believability. I know the whole kidnapping thing in the first movie is a bit over the top at times, but this one just felt way more farfetched. Once you get passed the silliness this time around the movie is still enjoyable thanks to all the character Benji himself brings to the screen. Sadly the original Benji passed away after the first film so this time around and through numerous other franchise entries Benji is played by Benjean who is the daughter of the original Benji, but she offers up all of the same type of on screen charisma and charactaristics that have made Benji so iconic over the years.

This release not only offers up the film but also bonus content including new commentary and featurettes that take you behind bringing this film to life. Grab your copy of For The Love of Benji available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Mill Creek Entertainment.   

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