Jul 18, 2010

Marley and me, 2008

Marley and me, 2008
Director: David Frankel
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson

Marley in short: After their wedding, newspaper writers John and Jennifer Grogan move to Florida. In an attempt to stall Jennifer's "biological clock", John gives her a puppy. While the puppy Marley grows into a 100 pound dog, he loses none of his puppy energy or rambunctiousness. Meanwhile, Marley gains no self-discipline. Marley's antics give John rich material for his newspaper column. As the Grogans mature and have children of their own, Marley continues to test everyone's patience by acting like the world's most impulsive dog.

Stage: home theatre

Preps: Also, a known movie in the local cinema. Since I am an animal lover I love watching movies that somehow include an animal or the relationship a human can have with the pet, if he/she allows it.

Reality: Regarding the trailer, I need to make the first comment. There are good dogs and there are bad dogs - one of the worst taglines ever, to bring a crowd in the cinema in order to teach them dog habits or responsibility that a dog brings. If Marley is percepted as bad dog right in front, then the movie audience will lack those that adore animals with a nicer perception.

Apart from that, the movie has a distinctive advantage towards others in this genre - the humorous scenes with Marley are hillarious. Let's leave behind the idea that taking a pet instead of a child is simply immature, or that your life needs to have an agenda you follow and tick the tasks you have already accomplished.

Marley makes you adore the idea of having a dog as a pet and Anniston with Owen makes a perfect unsuitable couple to have it. A dog taking the lead master role in the family - this idea is simply brilliant and remarkably shown. Therefore, for the funny scenes in the movie when the dog is growing up, a big plus.

A big minus for everything else. Although it's cute, the dog cannot hide the bad cast and the weak scenario, also the scenery doesn't impress, neither photography, the music is unnoticeable, etc. In some sense, apart from the funny dog scenes and running on the beach nothing really important to miss if you miss this piece.

My personal rating: 3,5 (some great scenes with the dog and the way a pet can slaughter any type of bossing around by the owner. They made me burst with laughter).

Marley's page on IMDB

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