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July 10, 2019

A Dog's Purpose (2017) --- "Every Dog Has A Purpose And Sometimes They Stay With Us Forever."


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Hello, Movie Buffs!
    Directed by Lasse Hallstrom (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Chacolate), and written by W. Bruce Cameron, Cathryn Michon, Audrey Wells, Maya Forbes, and Wallace Woldarsky, A Dog’s Purpose (2017) combines reincarnation and coming-of-age drama with heartfelt human and canine interactions. Based on the novel by W. Bruce Cameron, the film follows a dog (Josh Gad) who narrates his entire life from puppyhood to maturity to death and then rebirth into a new dog, which happens four times over the course of 50 years and after several reincarnations the dog’s purpose becomes clear.
    For dog lovers, the drama is a gripping and emotional story that also has its fair share of witty and innocent humor that could easily be associated with a dog’s thoughts. There is enough heart to leave you in tears and enough humor to help you dry them. Although there are some moments that little kids might not fully understand, this is a film that the whole family will love. The film concludes on an emotionally satisfying note and leaves enough open room for its sequel A Dog’s Journey (2019), which came out earlier this year.
    The cast performances and voice acting were spot on. Bryce Gheisar (Wonder, The 15:17 to Paris) and K.J. Apa (The Hate U Give, Riverdale) were great as a young and teenage Ethan, while Dennis Quaid (I Can Only Imagine, A Dog’s Journey) delivers an impressive performance as an adult Ethan who has lived a life full of regrets since the death of his first dog, Bailey. Josh Gad (Frozen 2, A Dog’s Journey) was the perfect choice to do the voice acting for Bailey, he provided a sense of wonder and innocence that is needed to portray dogs. The rest of the cast - Peggy Lipton (The Postman, Twin Peaks all TV series), Britt Robertson (For The People,  The Space Between Us, Ask Me Anything), and many more - did a great job with their respective performances.

    Overall, A Dog’s Purpose (2017) is a fun family film filled with drama, tear-jerking moments, and heartfelt humor. The cast performances and voice acting were great, especially from Josh Gad and Dennis Quaid, and the film concludes on an emotionally satisfying note that leaves enough room for its sequel A Dog’s Journey (2019). All in all, I highly recommend this film as one that the whole family will love but be prepared for an emotional rollercoaster unlike any you have experienced before.

Final Vote --- 8 of 10 stars

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