Somehow, it feels like a strangely worthwhile watch
A Dog’s Purpose is one huge surprise. It isn’t garbage.
Set around the life of one dog, the story follows multiple reincarnations of the same animal. First as Bailey, then Ellie, then Tino, it is revealed what is most important to not just dogs, but their owners too.
There’s a huge amount of moral underlaying in the film and at times it is slightly overwhelming, but A Dog’s Purpose actually escapes from becoming incredible twee. It’s completely for dog lovers but there’s some human life elements with substance.
However, Josh Gad is quite jarring in his narrative voice-over work, almost to the point that he is annoying and interrupts the better elements of the film.
Then again, the majority of the film is just cute dogs, but that’s exactly what the audience wants to see. Somehow, it feels like a strangely worthwhile watch.