Rating: 2.5 out of 5
I saw the trailer for this movie sometime in December, maybe early January, and knew it was a movie I’d be watching. Having a dog myself (the cutest and craziest husky) made me be able to relate a lot to this movie.
This movie is about a dog that is trying to figure out his purpose for being on earth (hence the title.) The movie starts off with showing how a young boy named Ethan (Bryce Gheisar) comes to find this red retriever puppy named Bailey, who is voiced by Josh Gad, the same guy who voiced Olaf in Frozen! Bailey and Ethan go through life, doing everything together, and then *SPOILER ALERT* Bailey dies and becomes another dog. This happens 2 more times, I believe. At the end Bailey and Ethan (now Dennis Quaid) find eachother again, but Bailey is in the form of another dog (which was actually pretty cool.)
I thought this movie was what you would’ve expected it to be. There was no crazy climax or plot twists or anything (well, maybe one scene that was pretty intense.) It was just a story of a dog going through different lives, trying to figure out his purpose in each. Basically what he found was that his purpose was to have fun and spread love. It was also interesting and cool to see how Ethan and Bailey were reunited. There was also some romance, as there always seems to be in movies.
I think if you are a dog owner or just love dogs, you will enjoy this. It’s a cute, heartfelt movie, but this could definitely be a tear-jerker (you see about 4 doggy deaths.)
All in all, I would give this movie a 2.5 out of 5. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t exciting. It was nice and cute, just nothing too mindblowing or anything that really made it stand out to me. The theater was also full of elderly people, if that says anything (lol).
If you’re a huge dog lover, I’d say go see this movie. If you’re not too sure about it, definitely keep your money and watch it when it comes to Redbox or something. That being said… Marley and Me is still my favorite dog movie.