Director : Lasse Hallstrom

Producer : Gavin Polone

Cast : Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, Josh Gad, KJ Apa, Juliet Rylance, John Ortiz, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Peggy Lipton

Genre : Family, Adventure

Release Date : January 26, 2017

Music Director :  Rachel Portman

Awesome-o-metre : 5/10


Loosely based on the 2010 book of the same title, A Dog’s Purpose follows the adventures of Bailey, an adorable and devoted dog voiced by Josh Gad who discovers his true purpose over the course of several reincarnations.

It’s funny that a dog is trying to discover its true purpose, when there are millions of humans asking themselves the same question every day and coming up with nothing. What worried me most however was that it took the dog the course of 5 decades to discover its true purpose. Is that indicative that some people never discover their true purpose or find it too late? *sigh* there I go, overthinking stuff again…

Funny I got to hear of this movie when I heard the storm that PETA was throwing its way and asking audiences to stay away from seeing the movie because the producers allegedly mistreated a dog while filming the movie. The producers were cleared of these allegations but the damage had already been done and the movie has flopped in the theatres.

However, I think the movie was really soulful and inspirational and the kid who sat by me at the cinema was sniffling during some scenes especially when the dogs were aging.  Other than the lives of the dogs, the movie beams a light on the lonely lives some humans live with no one but their pets to lean on for love and affection.

Josh Gad gave a decent but unmemorable performance but the kids would love it because kids love furry talking animals. The adults too could learn a thing or two because the film imparts that we must never give up the quest to discover our purpose and who we truly are.

A Dog’s Purpose makes for good family fun with a tinge of morals and gets a 5/10 rating on my awesome-o-metre.

The Maveriq


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