It feels like a cop out, hoping Howard saves the feature from it’s shoddy decision making and poor plot choices post-wrap
Internally: At least it isn’t a talking dog right? It’s just the narration. That certainly isn’t great either, but at least the dog’s mouth isn’t made to move post-filming. Just have to keep remembering that. Every cloud. Every cloud.
Bella (Bryce Dallas Howard) is a Pitbull puppy living under a building wreckage in a suburb of Denver. Picked up by Doctor Lucas (Jonah Hauer-King) after her mother is taken by animal control, Bella finds a new home in a house across the street. Yet with animal control on the hunt for illegal Pitbull’s in the area, Bella is at risk from being taken away; so when she escapes after misunderstanding a short trip away, her journey home becomes a long and arduous one that may not end in the grand reunion she hopes for.
Without a shadow of a doubt, A Dog’s Way Home would be better if any or all lines of dialogue spoken by the dog, were taken out. That’s nothing against Howard, but her narration adds zero style and no plot whatsoever, literally describing everything that happens on screen.
Dog eats treat: ‘MMMMMmmmmm… I like treats.’
It’s that level of dialogue.
And because of the reliance on Howard’s voice work, the film is left to fester where it could have commanded a much greater sense of respect. It feels like a cop out, hoping Howard saves the feature from it’s shoddy decision making and poor plot choices post-wrap – It doesn’t, and in fact makes A Dog’s Way Home worse.
There is some nice cinematography, and there are undoubtedly moments of strong emotion and resonance, but the story is silly and unrelenting, ultimately falling into the trap these films often do: Presuming all kids are idiots and need everything handed to them on a plate.
Oooh, what’s that I can hear? It’s Bryce Dallas Howard! What’s she saying?: ‘I’ve just handed that kid this film on a plate. I really enjoyed that.’