“A Dog’s Purpose” is a profound movie about a dog’s companionship, love and loyalty for their human and portrays many ways that dogs are treated from a dog’s viewpoint. This movie chronicles the mutually beneficial relationship between humans and dogs in a way that reinforces how much these tolerant, playful, and loving companions give to their humans. Its central storyline is that dogs (and love) never die, but keep coming back as other dogs.
It is a charming movie by a director Lasse Hallström, a Swedish director who first attracted Hollywood’s attention with his 1985 film “My Life as a Dog” and went on to do movies like “Chocolat” and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” His films sometime wear their hearts on their sleeves, as this one does, but honestly earn their emotional responses.
The mostly-unknown cast is fine, and Dennis Quaid and Peggy Lipton show up in the final sequence to bring the story to a satisfying close.
Overall I recommend the movie, and I also recommend you not believe what the media is spreading about this movie. I had a great time because for 100 minutes I had pleasant relief from all the negativity in the news. This was a tear jerking, laugh inducing, emotional roller-coaster movie. So, get ready for canine love, pain, two scary scenes and lots of laughter that makes this a good movie for families with older children. Just be sure to take tissues with you.