A Dog’s Purpose Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score A Dog’s Purpose by Rachel Portman.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 90.9
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 27.1
Album Excellence: 57.7%
A Dog’s Purpose is a 2017 American comedy drama film directed by Lasse Hallström and starring Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid & Peggy Lipton. It’s based on the 2010 novel of the same name by W. Bruce Cameron. A devoted dog (Josh Gad) discovers the meaning of its own existence through the lives of the humans it teaches to laugh and love. Reincarnated as multiple canines over the course of five decades, the lovable pooch develops an unbreakable bond with a kindred spirit named Ethan (Bryce Gheisar). As the boy grows older and comes to a crossroad, the dog once again comes back into his life to remind him of his true self. The score is composed by Rachel Portman.
Despite how lovely this film looks, it’s always going to be remembered for the scandal that never actually happened. I’m sure you heard about the so-called animal cruelty charge that was thrown around the internet with a video attached to it. I think the whole think was debunked as fake, but the damage was done. Hopefully it’s forgotten about soon and people can star enjoying the movie and hopefully an excellent score by Rachel Portman. The score opens with ‘Bailey’ which I assume is the dog’s name or one of the names anyway. It’s rhythmic and playful with a touch of emotion and beauty. I would say typical Portman, and you’d know what that meant.
Rhythmic really works for playful animals and Portman plays on that. It’s funny, I listened to another score about Turkish cats of all things, and the same kind of rhythm was in that score except it was a lot more of it. Here Portman plays it down a bit to focus on the lyrical side of things and that’s always going to be a better score in the end. I’ve always had cats growing up so maybe I’m missing the essential emotional link I need to truly enjoy the movie and score, but I still believe in Portman’s lovely way of scoring this film. It doesn’t make me cry, but it does make me happy and sometimes sad while I reflect a dog’s life, or a number of lives as the case may be. If you’re a dog lover, then I bet this score and movie will impact you even more, and I think I will definitely be hit emotionally when watching the movie and hear the score in context because it has some real potential tear jerkers. This score is your emotional food, and you’re welcome.
2. Bailey Escapes
3. Hot Pickup Truck
4. Ethan Plays Ball With Bailey
5. Bailey Shut In Garage
9. Ethan Breaks Up With Hannah
10. Ethan Leaves For College
11. Bailey: I Knew I Was Here To Love Ethan
14. Ellie: You’re A Good Dog
16. Tino: One Of My Best Lives
18. Buddy Finds His Way Back To Ethan
20. Ethan Aplogizes
22. A Dog’s Purpose