By Jennifer Arroyo ’21
“A Dog’s Way Home” is an exceptionally well-written movie. It is based on the novel “A Dog’s Way Home” written by W. Bruce Cameron. This movie demonstrates a heartwarming lesson on how both pets and owner need each other, an affecting lesson about taking care of those who cannot care for themselves, and a touching lesson about kindness.
In this film, Bella, who is voiced by Bryce Dallas Howard, is a stray dog who grew up with her mother, siblings, and cats. However, animal control arrived and attempted to take all the animals to the shelter. Bella is the only one out of her family that did not get captured. Bella soon finds her new owner Lucas, played by Jonah Hauer-King, and grows a strong bond with him, but they are soon separated and try to find each other.
The lesson that this movie teaches about pets and humans needing each other is absolutely heartwarming. The writers executed the relationship with Bella and Lucas perfectly. Bella was a stray dog that wanted a companion, and Lucas was someone who grew attached to his dog and was lonely without her. I believe that Lucas and Bella had a strong bond from the start. When Bella ran to Lucas with no hesitation and Lucas picked her up, I was in awe. I believe that they grew to depend on each other. There was a line in the movie where Bella says, “I was safe and happy and warm all at once it was love.” This line held so much meaning in the movie because it showed how much she felt secure with Lucas.
In addition, this movie taught an affecting lesson about taking care of those who cannot care for themselves. Since Bella was the only one left from her family, mother-cat, who already had a litter, took Bella as her own. I think mother-cat plays an important role in this movie because she demonstrated that species is not a barrier when it comes to family and love. While Bella was lost, Bella took care of big-cat, a baby cougar, and they went everywhere together. Bella would get food for big-cat and they would protect each other from other wild animals. It was touching seeing a strong bond between a wild animal and an animal who can be a pet.
Lastly, this movie taught a great lesson about kindness. I think Bella was kind to everyone she met throughout the movie. I specifically enjoy the fact that she was so kind to the veterans. Veterans have experienced trauma and suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). With that being said, the fact that Bella was so caring to the veterans, the veterans felt safe and calm when around Bella. I respect that the film showed how animals can be so kind to those who are down and need uplifting.
However, some may say that the movie is too violent. I disagree with this statement because those scenes were meant to show problems in today’s world. If those scenes were not shown, I believe that the movie would not have a strong plot. People would be confused since the scenes would not be shown.
- Genre: Drama/Adventure
- Director: Charles Martin Smith
- Run Time: 1 hour and 37 minutes