A Dog’s Purpose (2017)
A Dog’s Purpose is told from the perspective of the dog. Actually it is told from the perspective of 4 dogs all with the same mind (and narrator Josh Gad). It seems that when a dog dies, he is reincarnated as another dog, who knew? The main story surrounds Bailey and his human Ethan. As life progresses, Bailey becomes many other dogs and has other purposes in life (get it?) but he learns and retains everything he learned along the way. The message of the story is that a dog will always remember the people he loves.
A Dog’s Purpose is a family film that is really geared at kids. The story is juvenile as it is mainly told from the perceptive of a dog that wants to eat and play. For the first hour of the movie, Ethan is a young boy and a teenager so there are more ways for a younger audience to connect. Because of this, adult are going to find the story shallow and uninspiring – because I did. In fact, this movie to me was about the dogs dying. Even though this movie tries to focus on the importance of dogs in our lives, it was the scenes when the dogs die that have the biggest impact. Because of this fact, the movie just seemed sad and depressing the whole time. The story surrounding Ethan and his parents didn’t help the happy moments either. For a movie that is about dogs and their connection with humans, this movie sure dropped the ball with the happy moments.
If this movie had a more interesting or well-developed plot, I could see the need or desire for this kind of movie, but this movie was so light on the happy moments and so depressing during the sad, that I don’t know who wants to keep this movie playing over and over. This is a big pass for me, and I’m a dog person with 2 dogs of my own! Co-starring Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, Bryce Gheisar, John Ortiz, Juliet Rylance, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Luke Kirby, Peggy Lipton, and Pooch Hall.
4/10 Stars – A Dog’s Purpose tries to be special, but it is too light on the happy moments and too depressing during the sad ones. No adult will be glad they saw this!