RELEASE DATE: 04/05/2017
RUN TIME: 1HR 40MIN
|WRITERS:||W. BRUCE CAMERON|
Ethan is the only child of a loving mother and an alcoholic father. When Ethan and his mum rescue a dog from a hot car, they adopt him and call him Bailey (voiced by Josh Gad, ‘Frozen’). The pair become inseparable with Bailey even helping Ethan to get a girlfriend. But 10 years on, Ethan goes off to college, leaving Bailey behind to grow old. Bailey is then reborn as Ellie, a member of the Chicago police K9 unit - until she eventually becomes Tino, and then finally Buddy where everything comes full circle - all the while in each incarnation bringing joy to his/her master’s life and wondering is this the reason they’re there.
With the forced emotional depth of a thin crust pizza and bad, lazy writing which suggests that this book adaptation was doomed from the beginning.
Attempting to appeal to the dog-lovers of the world, ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ fails by ending its efforts at “it’s about dogs”. With the forced emotional depth of a thin crust pizza and bad, lazy writing by not one but five screenwriters which suggests that this book adaptation was doomed from the beginning. Everything just plays as too contrived and the message is a bit preaching-to-the-converted and therefore redundant. I am an absolute tap on the head when it comes to dogs, but not a single tear was shed in the 100 minutes of ‘A Dog’s Purpose’. It wasn’t until the end credits that I realised my lack of salty tears was mimicked by the on-screen characters. How are we, the audience, expected to cry when the people in the damn movie don’t either!?
It’s a film about beautiful dogs being beautiful companions, and it didn’t work. How is this possible?