WHAT IT'S ABOUT:
Bailey finds his new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond that will lead him and the people he loves to places they never imagined.
He’s living the good life on Ethan and Hannah’s farm. He even has a new playmate: Ethan and Hannah’s granddaughter, CJ. But, CJ’s mother takes CJ away. As Bailey’s soul prepares to leave this life for a new one, he promises Ethan he’ll find CJ and protect her at any cost.
WHAT WE THOUGHT:
I am going to be honest right from the get-go I absolutely loved the first movie, A Dog's Purpose. I know it's sentimental and melodramatic and it didn't win any prizes or get good reviews. But sometimes it's just nice to watch something that makes you escape from reality.
A Dog's Journey follows in the same vein. It doesn't break the mould it doesn't add anything new to the genre, and for me, there is a certain kind of comfort in knowing exactly what you're going to get.
Unlike the first movie, this time, the story follows one character's journey, CJ. We meet her first when she is a toddler, then when she is eleven (Abby Ryder Fortson) and dealing with a mother (Betty Gilpin) who is never there, an alcoholic and dating one man after the other.
Fast forward a few years CJ is a teenager and then a twenty-something (Kathryn Prescott) now an aspiring singer, still dealing with a bad mother, and also dating the wrong men.
She has two constants in her life, her best friend since childhood Trent (Ian Chen and Henry Lau) and Bailey/Molly/Max looking out for her.
The plot follows all the highs and lows CJ goes through, which is made bearable by having a loving dog by her side.
For me there wasn't a balance in the storytelling, some moments were dragged out while other scenes were rushed.
When it comes to the acting I really enjoyed eleven-year-old CJ; you will recognise the young actress from Ant-Man. She played the light and dark moments with such nuance.
Josh Gad again voices the dogs, and I must say I enjoyed him more this time around. He embodied the spirit of Bailey; he was more certain of his place and his mission and gave some great insight with his musings about life.
The stars of the show are without a doubt the canine actors – each dog has such a specific personality that you'll fall in love with each of them.
The rest of the cast was okay, Dennis Quaid's slow drawl was a bit hard to understand, I don't know if he adopted this voice for the movie, it was a bit distracting trying to figure out at times what he was saying.
A Dog's Journey has a lot more heart than its predecessor, and dog lovers will enjoy this one. If you're not a dog lover and want a feel-good movie to watch, then this is it – it has drama, suspense and comedy.
WATCH THE TRAILER HERE: