It is no secret that I am a HUGE dog lover……dogs are amazing creatures. Even though I tend to gravitate to anything dog-related, I was reluctant to go see A Dog’s Purpose. I don’t like movies where the dog dies or has to be put down…..it makes me extremely emotional. And…..if you’ve seen the trailers for this movie, you know that the dog dies – multiple times – don’t blame me for that spoiler, the marketing guys who put the trailers out did it! But, the more I read about it and saw interviews with Dennis Quaid – one of the stars of the movie – the more I started to change my mind. Then, today, I went! And, I’m so very glad I did!
So, this is the story of a dog who is searching for what his purpose in life is. It takes him a few lifetimes to finally get the answer to his lingering questions. He starts out as Bailey, whose boy is Ethan, and they grow up together as inseparable pals. When his time with Ethan is over, he moves on to a series of other lives with other pals – like real life, some of his lives are wonderful with loving, caring humans and then, there are the not so great lives some dogs have to endure. Each life he goes through, he learns new lessons and comes closer to the answer to his question – what is a dog’s purpose – what is HIS purpose!
Yes, it was very emotional……each time his life ends, I went through a few napkins……then, each time he is reincarnated as a new puppy, I got overwhelmed with happy emotions and used a few more napkins! The whole movie is very tastefully done and emphasizes the happy lives more than dwelling on the sad endings. So, it was OK……I wasn’t traumatized or depressed by it at all! In fact, it was wonderful……I loved it – a lot! I especially enjoyed all the thoughts they put in the various dogs heads – some were absolutely hysterical! I only have two things I wish would have been different……I would have loved to see more of Dennis Quaid – LOVE HIM!!! And, I would not have been at all bored if they stretched it out some – maybe added a couple more lives and definitely focused more and expanded on his last life – I could have sat there another two hours (or more) watching this movie!!!
Oh — and, I didn’t realize when I was watching it who was playing the “Adult Hannah” – I thought she looked familiar, but didn’t know who she was, so I looked her up when I got home…….it was Peggy Lipton from TVs Mod Squad from the late 60s, early 70s – LOVED THAT SHOW and used to think I could be Julie Barnes!!! hehehe
So……yes, I loved this movie and highly recommend it for anyone who loves dogs, has dogs, or wants a dog……and even those who don’t, but just love a great “feel good” movie! I rate this movie a solid 5+ out of 5 and will probably see it again and again and again!!! And, as for my criteria for a great movie – I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with the characters…..and, the dogs – all the dogs are adorable and lovable, but I was especially fond of the first one – Bailey – cause he reminded me of my Katie, who passed away just about two years ago, and I left feeling good! So, yep – a pretty darned perfect movie, if you ask me!!!
Here is the trailer, for those who may not have seen it……or for those who want to see it over and over, like I do!!! 😀