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A Dog's Way Home may not quite be a family-friendly animal drama fan's best friend, but this canine adventure is no less heartwarming for its familiarity.
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There's not much variation on the old themes here. What's new is the film's definition of community and family.
Cameron's tale grossly oversimplifies complex issues... to the point that it reduces much of the film's social justice message to meme-ready, empty-headed pap.
When the story lags, these are the flaws that pester, and even the cute factor of "A Dog's Way Home" can't obscure its narrative weaknesses.
Heartwarming, mildly funny, and occasionally thrilling without ever being anything more than just fine.
A good dog movie with its heart in the right place.
Although it might be a stretch to categorize this as a movie, "A Dog's Way Home" is harmless enough and a nice little adventure that's fit for the whole family. But you might want to have the tissues ready.
What sets A Dog's Way Home above the pack of most animal movies is that while the film is perfectly suitable for children, it's actually an adult movie...the emotional highs of the film have been designed more for grown-ups [than kids}.
It touches on ongoing problems in modern society such as homelessness and the postwar physical and psychological suffering of soldiers, and on the growing use of animal-based therapy.
So welcome, A Dog's Way Home. You're a competent, big hearted and occasionally quite charming film.
While this type of fare is so old-fashioned it should be heritage-listed, it rarely fails to draw the full emotional involvement of any viewer predisposed to pooches.
A film like this is created to manipulate any empathetic human being to cry. If you love dogs, the lump in your throat is pretty much guaranteed, even if the film doesn't seem to really earn it.
A little subtlety would have worked wonders for A Dog's Way Home. Unfortunately, it is all bark and no bite.
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