Ca­nine ca­per lacks emo­tional pull

Central Otago Mirror - - FOOD FOR THOUGHT -

Those un­pre­pared for abun­dant an­thro­po­mor­phism and dif­fi­cult ques­tions about death should steer them­selves and their kids well clear.

non-Ethan plot­lines into the equiv­a­lent of filler.

Still, it pro­vides a good show­case for a va­ri­ety of dog breeds and our own act­ing tal­ent. Apa (TV’s Riverdale) dis­plays plenty of prom­ise (he re­minds one of early noughties US heart­throb Josh Hart­nett) and his scenes with girl­friend Britt Robert­son ( To­mor­row­land) pro­vide both the most fun and emo­tional depth.

Those un­pre­pared for abun­dant an­thro­po­mor­phism and dif­fi­cult ques­tions about death should steer them­selves and their kids well clear, how­ever for those who han­ker for drama and com­edy from an ear­lier age (one set-piece even in­volves a boss com­ing over for din­ner) there’s plenty to en­joy.

A Dog’s Pur­pose – it’s the cine­matic equiv­a­lent of a Ni­cholas Sparks story for those han­ker­ing for a ca­nine com­pan­ion. - James Croot

Kiwi ac­tor KJ Apa stars in A Dog’s Pur­pose.

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