The whole schtick of these movies is the treat-motivated, not-quite-getting-it doggie voice-over, performed by Josh Gad, and it lightens the film. But going dark and emotional makes the film work better than the prior two.
This is a beautiful movie about a dog being reincarnated. The way the characters act is so emotional because the dog named Bailey has a new purpose to protect a girl named CJ. It is very touching and show sentimental acts from the characters are the owners of the dog. Bailey will go through a long journey to find CJ. i have watched this movie 6 times this week from Monday to Saturday. I will 100% watch it tonight.
A Dog's Journey is a film that romanticizes the needs of the master over the beast. And while it's not untrue that domesticated dogs live to please, the willingness of the film to take full advantage of such unconditional devotion can feel exploitative.
Director Gail Mancuso, a TV comedy veteran, gets the desired effect — as manipulative as it may be — out of both the funny scenes and the sad ones, leading up to a finale that can only be described as weapons-grade tearjerker material.
A Dog’s Journey is certainly manipulative - humans aren’t safe here either, with a significant cancer side-plot. At times, it even seems obsessed by death. Yet there’s something oddly cathartic about sobbing your way through this film, with its mash-up of Buddhism and All-American values.
First of all, the film is absolutely brilliant! I like the way they put benevolent humanity and dogs' loyalty together. This combination is probably the most remarkable thing on earth 'cause love between them is pure and flawless. This film also reminds me of my own dog, her name is Maxine. She was poisoned and the killer was never be found. Ever since then i haven't get another dog and wish she will come back one day just like what the movie told. Keeping her safe means lots of responsibilities to me and i also knew the law can't support dogs in the same way what it did to human. But still, those precious memories that remain are the best part of my life. This world is a mess and having a dog is the most satisfying thing to me. And i am really looking forward to seeing next '' A Dog's...'' film in the cinema.
The original was a sweet tearjerker directed by an accomplished director. Despite TV helmer Gail Mancuso's best efforts, this weakly-written sequel doesn't do it justice. The story begins with the return of Dennis Quaid and his beloved Bailey, then transfers the caring canine over to his granddaughter (Kathryn Prescott). It takes several incarnations of the pivotal dog to bring about the predictable happy ending. Although the performances are genuine, the dialogue and situations are strictly Lifetime-movie fodder. Sadly, even most of Bailey's human observations (voiced by Josh Gad) aren't clever or cute. Sentimental folks could do worse, but it's doesn't hold a bone to the original.
A Dog's Journey (2019): Manipulative and predictable, A Dog's Journey is not a fun watch. Although it starts out okay, as the story progresses it becomes more and more clichéd and annoying, doing the "child pretends to be parent over the phone," and the "obvious future love interest starts out as childhood friend" clichés. The story seems to repeat itself when there are two jerk-boyfriend sequences, and both ending fairly unsatisfying. I also felt a disconnect from any of the death scenes, as they never felt permanent, even if they were. Other than the screenplay problems, which also contains adults acting like children and a pointless cancer scene, the cinematography is average, the aging effects look awful, and the acting from Henry Lau and voice performance from Josh Gad are awful, although it may due to the lackluster script. Even though it's occasionally cute, with the opening and Boss Dog sequences being great and full of emotion, the overall story is hollow, forgettable, and riddled with things you've seen a million times before.
The screenwriters birthed this miscarriage of a script with the express intent of underhandedly insulting the collective intelligence of this film's target demographic. That is the only way I can rationalize what I just watched without succumbing to the overwhelming urge to blow my brains out. Based on the box office numbers, I have to begrudgingly applaud them on their accomplishment. I refuse to engage with any aspect of the film's plot, character development, or anything that could even remotely be construed as storytelling. To do so would be to tacitly imply that this has any value as a work of art. Good job you absolute hacks, you have perfected the art of terrible writing, and in doing so exposed the raw stupidity and lack of good taste possessed by a frighteningly large portion of our population.
This thing is audaciously offensive, a blatant middle-finger to the general movie-going populace. The overwhelmingly positive reviews by so-called "fans" have GOT to be shills. I refuse to believe otherwise. It's either that, or all hope for humanity has been lost, we are irredeemable, and must be eradicated for the good of all other lifeforms on this planet.
TLDR: Don't watch it just get a real dog instead.
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