Marley & Me Reviews
To this extend it is just that...Wilson is a poor actor and not funny whilst Aniston is another poor actress who also isn't funny and is still like Rachel from Friends haha (doing rom-coms wont help her acting career).
The film is a gentle comedy with romantic issues hehe and is based around the owning of a dog and the main characters ensuing lives with the dog. Its not original but it is a swing which you don't really see coming as you assume its just another stupid 'beethoven' film. It is touching and made well but the main casting is poor and it shows, could of been quite good with a better leading duo.
The story's got a melange of comic bad dog situations and honest, well staged middle class stresses. It also has one of the most affecting and restrained scenes about the death of a beloved pet ever shown in a American film. Owen Wilson can be mannered -his, drawling, 'aw shucks' style is not to everyone's taste, but he shows real acting chops here and the aforementioned scene is his best moment in any of his films. Alan Arkin turns in one of his patented warm, utterly charming performances as Wilson's newspaper boss and lights up the screen in all of his scenes.
That said, the film runs an overlong two hours, and the middle of the story sags terribly with no real palpable conflict unless you count doggie slapstick couch chewing mayhem 'conflict.'. The drama only kicks in at Aniston's perfectly performed stressed out post-partum freak out in the middle. The tearjerker ending, as good as it is, seems to be from a different film than the lighthearted sitcom-like slapstick that precedes it.
This is not a very challenging or surprising film in any way, and is worth a relaxing rental if you don't feel like taxing your brain. Still, it's amiable and pleasant and has a lot to offer. One proviso: If you have recently lost a beloved pet, don't rent this one until you are over your grief.
i gave this movie a 4 star rating as i just loved it~!
i laughed lots and yes cried too...need the box of tissues for this one girls (and some guys lol)
An ambitious young reporter, John Grogan, and his wife, Jenny, also a reporter, move to a Florida, buy a house and adopt a Labrador puppy they name Marley. Marley quickly becomes a rollicking force of nature in their lives.
Loved this movie. Everyone said it would be sad and it was. Such a good movie though. Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson were great together. I liked them more together then anyone they have ever done movie's with. Just made the couple feel very real. Great chemistry. The kids at the end just breaks your heart. The dog was awesome. Such a beauty. The way Marley was in the movie is how my dog Mollee was. She was insane and knew no boundaries. But she was amazing, gorgeous and it's always sad when you loose that special friend. Great movie, well done, with great performances by all. Loved it.
A great cast and one hell of a cute doggie that makes you want one really badly !
Its funny, cute, believable and so sad towrads the end i couldnt stop crying!
John and Jenny Grogan are two reporters/columists that world changes when they buy a new dog but dramatically changes when Jenny becomes pregnant for the first time, the eventually move to florida for John to take up a better job but its nt exactly what he really wants!
This movie takes you through having a disruptive dog to parenthood with all the bad but also fantastic moments of being a parent!
And that companionship to a dog is probably the best relationship to ever have as a dog doesnt ask for much just food, somewhere warm to sleep at night and a loving family a lovely comedy/drama real lovely story!
To be honest, I wasn't that anxious to see this film. Why is that? Well, the first reason that comes in mind is the cast. Wilson and Aniston are nice actors but I've seen a bit too much of 'em lately. And I really couldn't give a flying fuck about her baby plans or whom she's dating... I'll give my main reason at the end.
John and Jenny Grogan are a good looking, recently married young couple. Of course it's logical to plan a future with a house, kids and a dog. They just happen to choose a discount Labrador puppy, that turns out to be "the world's worst dog". Little do they know that Marley will bring the best out of 'em...
'Marley and Me' is a so called nice film. It has well known performers that will guarantee a good time. The story has its funny moments but also many heartwarming scenes that will surely jerk some tears out of you. If you have a heart, that is...
The performers do a decent job but I especially want to mention an old favourite of mine, Kathleen Turner. Nice to see her again on the big screen. Almost forgot her completely but when I saw her, she brought a lot of good memories from my movie past. Another good performer is Alan Arkin. These two end up stealing the film from its biggest stars.
Now, the main reason why I didn't almost see 'Marley and Me'... The dog. I love dogs, always had dogs and always will. But you all know what will happen in the movie that features a dog. I'm not gonna mention it, because I don't wanna "spoil" it for you. But I've seen so many dog movies in the past and I always see myself crying like a fuckin' baby in the end. Friends come and go but your true friend, your best friend will never leave you alone. It'll stay with you til the end, listen to your worries and joys...
'Marley and Me' is a good movie for a romantic night with your companion. It'll bring you laughter and tears. What more could you ask for? But it doesn't bring anything new to the genre, seen it all before just in different ways.