Verdict: Fluff Piece
Great animal direction, with an average story-line.
Told through the view of a dog’s soul, Bailey (voiced by Josh Gad), lives through many reincarnations. However, he will never forget his first owner, Ethan (Bryce Gheisar/K.J. Apa/Dennis Quaid), and his girlfriend Hannah (Britt Robertson/Peggy Lipton). After his first reincarnation, Bailey seeks to find out what his purpose in life is. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom.
So, I am a big dog lover. I would love to pet all the fluffy (I’m biased) dogs I meet – and have pretty much done so. This movie, is good enough for any dog lover to watch, as you get plenty of puppy action. Anyone who has ever had a dog or just like dogs in general, will feel the feels when watching this movie.
The trainers for the dogs, and the directing of them is fantastic. A plus for all the dogs who acted in the movie, and for all the trainers and pooch directors who helped to make the film. Hallstrom did a great job at using certain angles, and close-ups in order to transfer the delivery of the lines convincingly as thoughts of the dog. Some of the wide shots in the wheat fields were nicely taken too – props on cinematography.
As for the cast, they did a pretty good job. Gad was a good choice as the voice of Bailey, and I’d say Gheisar, as the 8 year old Ethan, was my favorite. He was very expressive, and the perfect companion for Bailey.
While the story isn’t anything exciting, it is excusable because all the audience is concerned about, is the dog. It is pretty much a predictable story (as one can see from the trailer), but I enjoyed it well enough. The different reincarnations give people a sense of how different the lives of dogs can be. From being in a loved family, to the police service, or a neglected home; a dog’s purpose – as I understand it, is determined by us humans.
Overall, this movie doesn’t pretend to be anything but a fun, fluff-filled film.
PROS: Dog directing, directing, cinematography
CONS: Predictable story
I give this a 7/10.
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