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Published On: Fri, May 17th, 2019

‘A Dog’s Journey Review’: An Emotional Sequel to ‘A Dog’s Purpose’

A Dog’s Journey is the sequel to the 2017 film A Dog’s Purpose. The movie is directed by Gail Mancuso (Roseanne, 30 Rock, Modern Family) written by W. Bruce Cameron, Cathryn Michon, Maya Forbes, and Wally Wolodarsky. It’s based on the 2012 novel also written by Cameron.

The movie stars Dennis Quaid (I Can Only Imagine, A Dog’s Purpose) as Ethan and Marg Helgenberger (C.S.I, Wonder Woman, Holding Patterns) as Hannah. The first part of the movie re-introduces us to the characters and tries to bring us up to speed on the grief they experienced in the first movie. We see Josh Gad (voice of Olaf in Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, A Dog’s Purpose) returning as the voice of Bailey/Molly/Max/Toby.

In a fit of anger, a mentally unstable Gloria played by Betty Gilpin (American Gods, A Dog’s Purpose) accuses Ethan and Hannah of trying to take her baby and decides to leave with baby CJ (Emma Volk). The real emotional roller coaster starts when we see an unexpected health issue take its toll on Bailey and the journey begins with Ethan whispering to Bailey, “Watch over CJ and protect her”.

During the second part of the film we see the neglect and mental abuse with Gloria that CJ goes through as she grows from a young CJ played by Abby Ryder Fortson (Forever My Girl, Ant-Man) and her beagle Molly to teen/adult CJ played by Kathryn Prescott (Finding Carter, Skins) with her dog Max. It’s with Max we see her reconnect with her childhood friend Trent played by Henry Lau (Double World, Final Recipe).

The final part of the movie sees everything come full circle with Gloria reconciling with CJ and the revelation that Ethan knew all about Bailey watching over CJ the entire time.

A Dog’s Journey is a great family movie that will make you laugh, cry and everything in between. I give this movie a 9.5/10.

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