Marmaduke, the world's most lovable Great Dane, leaps from comic strip fame (appearing in 600 newspapers in over 20 countries) to big screen stardom in this family comedy event. A suburban family moves to a new neighborhood in Orange County, California with their large yet lovable Great Dane, who has a tendency to wreak havoc in his own oblivious way. But its not all living large for the Duke, who finds that fitting in with his new four-legged friends - and a potential romantic interest - isn't always easy for a super-sized teenage dog. Owen Wilson gives the beloved Great Dane his voice in the film, which also features the voices of Fergie, George Lopez, Emma Stone and Kiefer Sutherland.
The film is narrated by our title character Marmaduke (Owen Wilson). He's a big, pain in the ass dog. Wait! Owen Wilson in a movie about a big, pain in the ass dog? Never seen that one before. His family moves to California and Marmaduke hangs out at a dog park, becomes a big shot, falls, has a party, and ends up bringing everything together in the end.
Now dog movies are usually not good to begin with. Marmaduke takes the definition of bad and re creates it into something that was never intended by man or machine. I know it's a kids movie, but come on. The plot is just terrible. There is a surfing competition AND dogs playing a dancing video game. And where are all the other owners? The only people in this dog park appear to be Marmadukes owner and William H. Macy. Why did you do it William H. Macy!?!?! They have a garage filled with electronics equipment? It's seems as if they just took pieces of ideas and pasted them all together. With dung.
If you are into brainlessly staring at the screen for 88 minutes this is the film for you. Any film would be the film for you. In closing, it sucks.
They used George Lopez's name in this movie like he was going to be one of the main characters or some important character, & he wasn't. And don't get me started on the cgi used for the talking animals.
Plot/Story: Do I have to even say what this movie is about? It's about a talking dog who travels to a different state, & then tries to make new friends. Talk about unoriginal & cliche. Oh but wait, that's not even the start.
The main character (Marmaduke) can't make friends with the popular/pedigree/higher ranked dogs because they bully him or because he won't fit in, so instead, he makes friends with a lesser group of dogs also being outcasts. But wait, there's more. Marmaduke tries to impress the popular dogs (and a certain female dog) by doing things popular dogs would do. Oh, & did I mention he was trying to mainly impress the head dog's girlfriend, the head dog being a tough, & mean pincer? Oh but that's the least of it.
Marmaduke later on becomes part of the popular crew because he faked an attack on his best friend, the cat. During that, his old outcast friends, now dissed because he forgot about them feel abandoned. The female of the outcast group, now feels alone & such, because she loved him as she helped him fit in with them, only to later on be left for another, higher female dog. Marmaduke later on realizes how wrong he was for leaving his real friends behind & the female dog who really loved him for who he really was. Talk about corny & unoriginal & cliche all a once.
Cast/Acting/Characters: All of the characters in here are as the plot, cliche & unoriginal. Mamaduke is an annoying, & idiotic dog played by the guy I really can't stand, Owen Wilson. The rest of the cast members playing the animals are no better. The acting in this movie by it's cast, even the ones who were human, were all terrible. The only names you will recognize here in this movie are the ones playing the animals, except for William H. Macy. The rest of the cast are either no names or forgettable.
Effects: The effects in this movie are no better than everything else. The cgi whent the dogs talked looked cheesy & horribly done, especially Marmaduke (he looked like Scooby-Doo on some moments). But the worst effects happenned when Marmaduke did completely crazy things other, normal dogs wouldn't do (such as when he danced & surfed like a human).
Dialogue: The dialogue in here is not only corny, but laughable as well. They say the same thing other movies have said when it comes to learning a lesson.
Soundtrack: The only thing I give this movie credit for. It had some great, memorable songs.
Final summation, this movie sucks, ass. It's unoriginal, corny, & cliche on so many levels. No little kid should be tortured to watch this, let alone even the whole family.
I have read the comics page every single day since I was 10. I am turning 21 next month. Don't laugh.
So I know relatively well the ins and outs of many comics. I was never a big fan of Marmaduke, but I knew enough about it to know that a movie based on the comic was a really stupid idea. Let's break it down into a few easy reasons as to why a movie should have never even been thought up or green lighted, never mind fully created.
1) MARMADUKE DOES NOT TALK. Period. He does not utter one word, or one thought bubble. See, Marmaduke works like Family Circus: One panel (most of the time, sometimes once in a new moon the one panel would be divided by two) with a caption at the bottom. That was the purpose of Marmaduke's owners; a usual American family that would complain about Marmaduke's shenanigans, thus creating the jokes that all pet lovers could relate to. Marmaduke doesn't say one stinking word, and just reading the poster and seeing that "Owen Wilson plays as Marmaduke" already sets this movie for a disaster.
2) THE COMIC WAS ONLY ONE PANEL. Yeah, where the hell are you going to come up with an hour and a half movie from this? Every day, there would be one panel to start and resolve a story. Like I said, rarely twice, but that still doesn't cover more than a minute in terms of a movie. But you can say "oh, Andy, all they have to do is combine many of these comics and make a movie about Marmaduke's shenanigans", to which I reply "if you put together many different unrelated stories into one, you should not be making movies". With this I ask, how the hell are these guys making movies?
3) MARMADUKE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH FART JOKES. I didn't say little. I didn't say few instances. NOTHING. Nowhere in Marmaduke was there ever a slew of scat jokes. This is almost as bad as the Cat In The Hat when it comes to destroying a childhood for many people around the world. Marmaduke was a clean innocent comic, and these morons destroyed its 53 years of running by saying "Hey, it's not good enough. Let's make it more "catered" to the audiences of today". With a 10% tomato meter reading, I now know that I am not the only one that agrees that these "film makers" are nothing more than garbage, who should stick to the original source and not be moronic. I must ask, why do all of these "film makers" feel that jokes about flatulence and urination are absolutely essential in family comedies (or just comedies period)? NO ONE CARES FOR THIS CRAP ANYMORE. No pun intended.
4)MARMADUKE DOESN'T BEFRIEND CATS. I actually think he may have been scared of them in the comic. Again, animals do not talk in the comic, so hiring the "I-think-I'm-Funny" man George Lopez to be the cat was another stupid idea.
I could go on and on and on about how much this movie is stupid, but I just can't cover enough ground. This is one of the worst movies I have seen in ages. It surpasses Garfield AND its unnecessary pathetic sequel which is really saying a lot. They destroyed my childhood with Garfield, and they may have put people into asylums with Marmaduke. It starts off with a fart joke, and that's when you know that all these people are doing are treating you like idiots. Simple, stupid idiots. They show no effort in treating you, the audience, like human beings. And poor William H Macy. He got dragged into this pile of trash. He was probably a fan of the comic himself and he wanted to be a part of something special. What he got into is a movie that is so unlikeable that I can barely even recall what it was about. It's kind of hard when the plot is not there.
Marmaduke does not deserve the 10% it's been getting. It is damaging to watch. It is stupid and absolutely forgettable. I'm surprised I made it out of the theater alive, either from how harmful this movie is, or from being so bored that I tried to catch fuzzy peaches in my mouth (and almost choked a number of times, to which I say "dammit, so close to not having to watch this"). This movie isn't worth the ticket I paid for it. If these imbeciles don't throw in the towel now, they really are more stupid than we all thought.
Final Rating: 0.5/10
Keep An Eye Out For: Some really sad voice overs. I say sad because I feel awful that they have this on their resume: Fergie, Keifer Sutherland, the Wayans Brothers, and more, are now scarred for life with this in their lists.
Owen Wilson is great as the voice of Marmaduke. Emma Stone, George Lopez, and Kiefer Sutherland provided great voice work in the film. Lee Pace reminds me of Clive Owen.
Cute kids movie that played heavily on puns. My niece and nephew laughed a lot through this one. Owen Wilson's voice seemed perfect for Marmaduke. I agree with Daryl, the doggie dance scene at the end was terrific.
There's never a moment where we see Marmaduke where he's not talking. While the CGI for scenes where the dogs dance is just horribly done. There's something wrong when Marmaduke makes Garfield look like a good movie based on a comic strip.