‘A Dog’s Purpose’ hurts the heart

Josh Gad seen at Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animations Premiere of "The Angry Birds Movie" at Regency Village Theatre on Saturday, May 7, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Sony Pictures/AP Images)
Josh Gad seen at Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animations Premiere of “The Angry Birds Movie” at Regency Village Theatre on Saturday, May 7, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Sony Pictures/AP Images)

“A Dog’s Purpose” is the heartwarming movie that will have you in tears by the thirty minute mark. The movie starts with Josh Gad, who is the voice of Bailey the dog, who asks, not too surprisingly, what his purpose is. The movie starts out following him and his owner, a boy named Ethan. Eventually, after his long life, Bailey dies and is reborn as a police dog. After that dog’s death, he is reborn again as a corgi owned by a college girl. When he dies, he is reborn for the last time as a Saint Bernard, who is then reunited with Ethan.

With the controversy surrounding “A Dog’s Purpose”, the film has a very low score on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes. The charges, however, have been largely debunked by the filmmakers.

The movie was directed by Lasse Hallström and written W. Bruce Cameron and Cathryn Michon. Josh Gad, voice of Bailey, Dennis Quaid as adult Ethan, Britt Robertson as teen Hannah, and Juliet Rylance as adult Hannah.

The movie was based on the bestselling book by W. Bruce Cameron by the same title. The movie overall was kind of a drag, as it took almost 45 minutes for any important plot action to happen. A Dog’s Purpose was boring. The first thirty minutes was just a little Ethan and his antics with Bailey. While it was very sad, it also was not very action packed. I know it wasn’t supposed to be, but I felt like it lacked something important. The movie, however, really made the audience think about their pets and how they affect our lives.

“A Dog’s Purpose” needed something to separate itself from all the other sad dog movies around right now. While it hurt the heart to watch, it reminded me of other movies like “Marley and Me,” “Old Yeller,” and “Where the Red Fern Grows.” “A Dog’s Purpose”, however, does not live up to these classics. And with all the other movies like it around, there was nothing to make me pick this movie over them.

“A Dog’s Purpose” was not bad, just not the best it could have been. It did seem to do well at the box office, for a two week domestic total of 78 million dollars. However, with the bad review that the movie has been getting, even without the controversy, I’m not sure the audience got what they expected.

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