The bond between a dog and his master is something unique that last kinda forever. And this movie proves that again. A dog's purpose is emotional in the first part and in the end but in between is dull and uninteresting. The story has its own perspective, it's very spiritual but i think that many aspects of it aren't well interpreted / coordinated and it doesn't make sense most of the time. Overall is a 7 out of 10
Well, I would still prefer Jean-Jacques Annaud's 1998 "The Bear" as the template for a film about an animal as the lead character. That has the beauty of not being anthropocentric and saves us from giving a human voice to an animal further spoiling it by humanizing, thus morphing the character into a human caricature. This one is cute and even moving. But concedes to the obvious temptation of being about humans. *
I couldn't stop myself musing on the dynamics of the live-action "family film" and how it approaches a dystopian notion of the auto-made automatic art - perfect smiling people in perfectly calculated, airbrushed, contrasted shots. The question is if this uncanny valley stems from my growingly jaded experience or from an objective decentralization of the McBling paradigm that boomed this genre. But cute.
Exactly what you're expecting it to be and that's not a good thing, A Dog's Purpose is emotionally manipulative schmaltz cranked to an eleven. It's the kind of film so hackneyed and contrived that you feel a disconnect in the regard that anyone could've made it and the product and message wouldn't be radically different. Marley & Me didn't do anything extraordinary, but it put forth more than this.