May 19, 2019 – Jurmane Lallana
We’re simple people. We see a movie about dogs, we watch it, and we bring a lot of tissue to the cinema just in case we shed buckets of tears. And when we say just in case, we actually mean it’s a sure thing!
A Dog’s Journey, a sequel to 2017’s A Dog’s Purpose, continues the adventures of Bailey (voiced by Josh Gad), the loyal pup who keeps on coming back to his humans, Ethan (Dennis Quaid) and Hannah (Marg Helgenberger), one dog life after another. Why? Because they need him. This time around, Bailey dedicates his lives to make sure their granddaughter CJ (Kathryn Prescott) gets to live the life she’s supposed to.
One of the best things about A Dog’s Journey is its uplifting take that a dog is never really gone—he might say goodbye in his current form, but he’ll find a way back to his loved ones somehow. Having this belief makes losing a pet more bearable. In the film, we see Bailey grow, walk, play, poop (yes, poop) and give his humans lots of love (and licks) through four different but equally adorable dogs—Bailey, Molly, Big Dog, Max. Through each transformation, Bailey never gets jaded. He may not understand everything that’s happening around him, but he never forgets his purpose.
Talking animal movies can be tricky, and throughout the years, we’ve seen that they’re either a hit or miss. However, with the A Dog’s Purpose franchise, a dog’s audible thoughts make the movies so engaging. Josh Gad’s high-pitched voice is a perfect complement to Bailey’s actions, and how he narrates the scene to the audience from his perspective really warms the heart.
A Dog’s Journey is a must-watch for any dog lover out there because it highlights how dogs differ from humans—while we live a complicated life and quarrel amongst each other, dogs don’t have a mean bone in their body and have a one-track mind: to be happy, and to make people like CJ and her best friend Trent (Henry Lau) happy. The film gives us hope that our beloved pets do live on, one way or another, and that when the time comes, we’ll be reunited with them forever.
Photos courtesy of United International Pictures
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