Movie Review: "A Dog's Journey"

Plot Summary:
A Dog's Journey is the sequel to 2017's A Dog's Purpose. It follows the many reincarnated lives of a dog as he strives to care for, comfort, and rescue a young girl as she progresses through a challenging adolescence. 

Why It Makes My List:
This is a simple, feel-good film that candidly appeals to dog lovers and can be appreciated by young and old alike (as evidenced by the senior citizens sharing my row and the eight year old girl sitting in front of me, who both seemed to enjoy it).

Other Reasons to Watch:
  1. You are a Dog Lover: If you enjoy feel-good movies whose primary character is a fun, furry friend, this is probably a good fit for you. If you especially enjoy those where the dog seems so kind and quirky that he could almost be human, it will be a great fit!
  2. You Miss Good Ol' Fashioned Values: This film taps into the basic moral compass we so rarely see in films these days - emphasizing ideas such as the power of love, friendship and family without sexual undertones or portraying drugs and alcohol as something good, natural, or acceptable.
Reasons to Pass:
    1. Dogs Dying Makes You Depressed: Several dogs die over the course of the movie (that's the premise of the movie so I don't consider it a spoiler). Even though it's not portrayed as painful or cruel in any way, the lady who sat next to me cried repeatedly throughout the movie. Ultimately, I think she was still satisfied with it as a means to an end, but it struck a chord with her.
    2. Not Revolutionary or Life-Changing: Don't expect a lot of suspense, plot twists, or portrayal of concepts and ideas that challenge your thinking. This is a simple movie that is heartfelt but not revolutionary by any means.  That is not necessarily a bad thing, but if you are going into this film hoping that it will change your life, it is unlikely to do that. Although it may inspire you to go to the Humane Society and pick up a dog!
    A Dog's Purpose is in a theater near you. 

    As always, I recommend checking out the Parents Guide just so that you are aware of any potentially objectionable material before deciding whether to watch it.