Marley & Me Movie Reviews
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Fine date movie for the doggie set and beyond. If you get sucked into the story of a man and his dog, I guess it could seem deep. But really itâ€™s just a bit of holiday-season entertainment that passes the timeâ€”youâ€™ll laugh, youâ€™ll cry, etc., etc. Owen Wilson isnâ€™t his typical wacky self as the reluctant family man who nearly goes insane trying to deal with his two big relationships: Jennifer Aniston and Marley. Happens to the best of us. But of course, all the challenges have a big payoff. Don't know if that's exactly true of the movie, but with good performances and some surprises, there's not much to complain about, either.
â€œMarley and Meâ€ is an interesting movie: youâ€™d think it be a must-see for dog lovers, and maybe a pass for the rest of us. But with its completely brutal look at life as a dog owner, itâ€™ll make anyone who prefers cats feel pretty lucky. At the same time, though, it really does capture the bond we feel with our pets, and itâ€™ll definitely make dog aficionados ooh and aah in all the right places.
Owen Wilson plays John Grogan (who wrote the book about his own experiences on which the film is based), and Jennifer Aniston plays his wife. They adopt Marley to be sort of their surrogate child, but he turns out to be the child from hell. However, when heâ€™s not ripping their house apart, heâ€™s often holding their lives together, so in the end itâ€™s hard to imagine their relationship without him.
I donâ€™t want to spoil the ending, but wow, I was not expecting it. It makes you look at the rest of the film in a whole different light, for sure. If you ever had a dog you were close to, â€œMarley and Meâ€ is likely to hit you where you live.
I read the book and found it to be overly sappy stuff, but in the hands of the man who directed â€œThe Devil Wears Prada,â€ David Frankel, â€œMarley and Meâ€ actually has a bit of an edge. It could have been very cheesy, but ultimately itâ€™s an intelligent look at what love really has to do with it. Yeah, itâ€™s obviously about a bad dogâ€”the bad dog to end all bad dogsâ€”but itâ€™s Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston as the couple who adopt him that make this movie matter. Watching what they go through dealing with Marley and each other was a lot more intense than reading about what the real-life owners went through, for some reason. And the ending was hard to take. And yet this is still a feel-good movie, even when you end up feeling bad. Itâ€™s not just a barrage of dog stunts or â€œBeethovenâ€ type gags, either. Instead, â€œMarley and Meâ€ takes a hard look at what people go through and give up to start a family, and it has a lot of funny moments from Alan Arkin as Wilsonâ€™s boss. I thought this would be a total chick flick, but ended up liking it a lot. Funny, same thing happened with â€œThe Devil Wears Prada.â€