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If you have never owned or loved a dog, then you are missing out on one of life’s most loyal friends. When you have a dog who is part of your family, there is a bond there that only a dog lover can truly know. As a dog owner myself, we were asked to review the new film, A Dog’s Purpose. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had a feeling it would be an emotional rollercoaster – and it was.
The main thought behind the movie asks the question, "what is the meaning of life and could it be that we are we here for a reason?” This all ties in very nicely with the title, A Dog’s Purpose. Dog lover and director Lasse Hallström, who also made My Life As a Dog and Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, follows one canine (voiced by Josh Gad) through its various reincarnations and respective owners: a German shepherd police dog, an endearingly sluggish corgi and, in its most adorable iteration, an irresistible, red retriever named Bailey.
I mention reincarnation as in this film, as reincarnation happens a fair amount. I won’t say it’s not sad when the puppies die - as it is. There are times when you have to watch it with a lump in your throat. But, you have to bear through it, as it’s all part of the journey of the film.
The film starts when retriever Bailey lands in the arms of eight-year-old only child Ethan (Bryce Gheisar). Red retriever, Bailey is as cute as you would imagine and as you might expect, Ethan and Bailey become the best of friends.
Over the course of 120 minutes, the story follows the travelling soul of a dog in various different doggie bodies, starting with Bailey, then moving on to a police dog, then faithful companion Tino and, finally, Buddy as Ethan becomes a teenager and beyond. In the third act, Ethan re-emerges as a tender-spirited Dennis Quaid, which is where the spirit of “A Dog’s Purpose” all comes together.
Watch a video clip of Josh Gadd, John Ortiz, Lasse Hallström, Dennis Quaid and Bryce Gheisar discussing what they think a dog’s purpose is.
In this heartwarming tale of love, friendship and loyalty, even someone with a heart of stone may shed a tear. At times my children found it sad, but they have since watched it a few times and loved it. Life is full of celebrations and struggles because we all have to go through bad times to enjoy the good times. It's all part of the journey.
A Dog's Purpose is a heartwarming watch with the family. We may just squeeze our labrador that little bit tighter tonight.
Watch it and I dare you not to cry...
A Dog’s Purpose - Available on Digital Download, Blu-ray™ and DVD now, courtesy of Entertainment One.
Watch the official trailer of A Dogs Purpose: https://youtu.be/1jLOOCADTGs