A DOG’S JOURNEY
By Mary Cox
If you have ever owned a pet, this movie will make you cry and make you laugh and make you cry and make you laugh! “A Dog’s Journey” is a real emotional roller coaster. You live through four iterations of Bailey’s lives. Josh Gad is the voice of Bailey, et.al.
Bailey belongs to Ethan,(Dennis Quaid). Ethan is married to Hannah, (Marg Helgenberger). Many will recognize Helgenberger as KC from “China Beach” television show. Bailey saves their granddaughter, CJ, from a being pummeled by a wild horse. Unfortunately, Gloria, (Betty Gilpin), the widow of Ethan and Hannah’s son, and mother to CJ takes her daughter and cuts off all communication with Ethan and Hannah. As Bailey dies, Ethan whispers that he should take care of Hannah. We then see Bailey in his four forms as CJ’s dog.
The adult CJ is played by Kathryn Prescott. CJ has a life-long friend, Trent, (Henry Lau) who comes and goes in CJ’s life.’
I loved the story; it was both funny and sad but the funny lines come immediately after the sad scenes so this film is anything but maudlin. The screenplay was written by W. Bruce Cameron & Maya Forbes, and Cathryn Michon & Wallace Wolodarsky based on the book, “The Hundred Foot Journey” by W. Bruce Cameron.
“A Dog’s Journey” was directed by Gail Mancuso.
If this sounds vaguely familiar, it is the sequel to “A Dog’s Purpose.” Quaid reprises his role as Ethan but Helgenberger replaced Peggy Lipton who died earlier this year of colon cancer.
I loved this film but unfortunately I didn’t have Kleenex with me and had to use my napkin that had popcorn butter all over it so if you go see “A Dog’s Journey” take Kleenex, actually take a whole box of Kleenex unless you are hard hearted then you may not want to see this movie at all because it will really tug at your heart strings.