Friday Binge: ‘A Dog’s Way Home’

A Dog’s Way Home is a 2019 film, a perfect watch for pet lovers or dog lovers in specific. Based on the novel by W. Bruce Cameron and directed by Charles Martin Smith, the movie talks about a dog who travels 400-miles to find his owner who had rescued him, however, the entire journey of the dog’s back home is hysterical and heartwarming at the same time. It is an emotional roller coaster.

The story manipulates the minds of the viewers through the emotions of the dog. Apart from the story, the film caters to a specific set of audience, i.e. dog lovers or pet parents and hit the mark right.

The Plot

The movie begins with the story of Bella, which is played by dog actor Shelby and voiced by Bryce Dallas Howard. Bella was born in a home which was partially demolished in Denver. However, Bella was taken care of by a mother cat, as her own mother was drifted away from her. She was all happy and content and then she met Lucas (Jonah Hauer King), who finds her and rescues her. He then brings Bella home to his mom Terri (Ashley Judd), who is old and suffers from depression.  On seeing this, Gunter (Brian Markinson), a real estate developer gets wild, as he dared Lucas to rescue any animal which comes in the way of his mission of demolishing a building. According to city law, an estate developer is prohibited from owning a dog.

The journey then continues of how Bella journeys back through 400 miles of adventure across slippery lands and harsh weather situations. However, on her way back home, she bumps into a variety set of humans, including a hiking couple named Gavin (Barry Watson) and Taylor (Motell Foster), a rude dog owner whom Bella rescues from an avalanche and a homeless man Axel (Edward James Olmos). The scene, when she encounters the homeless man rolls down tears  Bella found a homeless soul to rely on, during her journey and Barry chained Bella to him so that she is never away from him, but all of a sudden is faced by a tragic death. Apart from humans, as she runs and wanders across terrains and hills, Bella finds herself in front of an orphaned mountain lion cub which she names ‘Big Kitten’ and also encountered a pack of wolves who were hungry and thirsty for Bella’s flesh and blood.

Emotional Rollercoaster

The movie displays Bella’s love for Lucas prior to any other. Screenwriters Cameron and Cathryn Michon caught hold of compassion, affection and empathy all throughout the story and the same time depicted terrifying scenes which created a negative impact amongst tiny moviegoers. The message of rescued pet ownership, care towards the homeless and help one in need struck right into the hearts of every viewer who watched the film. While it was an emotional roller coaster, it also had humour, drama and a story that brought out love and affection, and a journey which would be captured by millions of viewers.



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