Some friendships transcend lifetimes
Buddy is a good dog, and after searching for his purpose through several eventful lives, he is sure that he has found and fulfilled his purpose. Yet watching on as curious baby Clarity gets herself into mischief and numerous dangerous situations, he is certain that this little girl is very much in need of a dog of her own. When Buddy is reborn, he realizes that he has a new lease on life and a new destiny. He is overjoyed when he is adopted by Clarity - now a vibrant but troubled teenager. But when they are suddenly separated, he is left to wonder who will take care of his girl?
A Dog's Journey is the sequel to A Dog's Purpose and if you are anything like me you are probably still fairly emotionally scarred still like me from what the first movie had to offer. A Dog's Journey like its predecessor is not for the faint of heart even the strongest are sure to feel a little tear well inside. My emotions were on edge right from the beginning of the film somewhat as I had a feeling of what to expect from the first movie but also as the director has written the movie in a way you get to sense some of the hidden messages and life lessons the film is trying to portray.
In a Dog's Purpose we saw a dog die over and over again and be reincarted with the purpose of trying to find a specific human to protect and love, it was as much about the dog as the human he came to love Ethan. A Dog's journey sees the return of Ethan but this time the dog is back to protect Ethan's grandaughter CJ. Again we see the dog die and be reincarted in his journey to help CJ and ultimately bond with the teenager in a way only a dog can. It really is a true celebration of that special bond humans have with dogs so while the movie has its sad parts you do find yourself smiling over the love between humans and animals.
As with the first movie I wouldn't recommend to children under 12 as it maybe hard for younger children to comprehend animal death especially with the repititive nature of such scenes and also as the movie does have scenes of adults drinking, and some violence. If watching as a family movie as intended I would recommend you only did so with mature children, or young adults. Even as an adult myself some scenes were quite traumatic and stirred emotion.
All round another great movie following Ethan and his dog through many lives I couldn't fault a lot with the film and I would definitely watch it again. Just be prepared to shed a tear and have tissues nearby! Yet again the star the Dog of these movies will steal your heart and remind you again how special dogs are.
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