Film Fiend: With Regards to… “A Dog’s Purpose”


Personally, I had no interest in the pseudo-religious feel-good movie, “A Dog’s Purpose;” however, the controversy surrounding the poor treatment of the actor animals has peaked my interest in the film a great deal. Unfortunately, I find myself in the position of being interested in a movie that I would be morally wrong to support.

This sort of “sticky” situation has happened before with the intensely adorable “Milo and Otis” movie from the 1980’s. “Milo and Otis” also featured great deal of animal cruelty on set, but remains one of the only movies with animal protagonists that I find genuinely entertaining. Regretfully, some of the entertainment came from the incredibly dangerous stunts and situations that the animals were recklessly thrown into.

Honestly, I don’t even know if I’m into the whole plot of the movie. I mean, a dog that is reincarnated again and again across an owner’s life. It seems a little far fetched and entirely reliant upon coincidence. However, ridiculous movies can also be fun to watch as well, such as “The Happening,” a movie about killer plants. The idea of dogs being tortured behind the scenes might take a fair bit of fun away from watching a goofily-bad movie, like “A Dog’s Purpose” might be.

I guess my inner conflict is that of a car crash bystander, whether I want to watch “A Dog’s Purpose” because I’m emotionally invested in the idea, or if it’s because in the deepest, darkest recess of my mind I kind of want to see a burning wreck.

I’ll probably just wait until the movie comes out on laser disc, or something. Hold on; laser disc isn’t a thing anymore. Let’s just say that I’ll wait till’ it’s out on VHS.

That’s not a thing anymore either *wink*.