BOISE, 1/28/17–Do not–repeat, DO NOT MISS THE BEAUTIFUL MOVIE, A Dog’s Purpose, no matter what the bogus animal protection group, PETA, claims in order to keep you from attending. Those hippie types have organized boycott petitions for this movie with 68,000 signatures while using their own fake news press releases to dissuade patrons from buying tickets to the most meaningful film that one could ever see.
Then there are those ‘reviewers’ who snickered at the film with words like, “fluff, syrupy, tearjerker, overly sentimental, schmaltzy ” and they even criticized the words the dog audibly thought, for instance, when he expressed love for Ethan’s girl friend by thinking, “I like her. She smells like cheese.” This is probably how a dog would think. Yet this misguided critic took issue with the animal’s thought.
These “reviewers” have a problem with expressing love, emotion or deep feelings. They believe in showing no emotion no matter what happens. They are hardhearted and unfeeling. They are the kind of parents who will not say the words, “I love you,” to their wives and children. As a chaplain I constantly deal with the wives and offspring of those sorry individuals. They are incapable of having deep feelings. So their “reviews” are not worth even reading. There is no honesty in them.
THE MOVIE: This film traces a dog’s life, through several lives. When he dies, he becomes another dog, but with the same knowledge and deep feelings for certain people. From the beginning the dog named Bailey is wondering what his purpose is in life. We hear his thoughts and feelings with a wonderful voice job by Josh Gad
His purpose becomes clearer and clearer with each life he lives. The film ends with the most touching and wonderful conclusion one could ever hope for as everything in his life comes together in a most remarkable way.
The cast is great, believable and handle their roles so realistically that the audience feels they are witnessing a real event. Ethan is a main character who comes in the story as a very young boy played by Bryce Gheisar. K.J. Apa plays him as a teenager. We see him age, played by Dennis Quaid, with a powerful final scene when he realizes the spirit of the dog he had loved and grown up with was in another dog’s body that Bailey now inhabited.
The touching ending could not be better. What great writing by the author of the book, W. Bruce Cameron. The movie was true to the book with only a couple of minor exceptions but this did not distract or alter the content of the book.
Do support this film with your attendance. The animals were NOT mistreated in the slightest. They are all absolutely charming and you can’t help but fall in love with all of them. This film gets four stars from this reviewer. PETA gets four enemas.