Marley & Me is a pet lovers paradise. Staring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson as they start a life together and eventually a family. Owen, the primary owner of the dog, is a reporter in Florida that gets a column. He starts to write columns about his adventures with his dog. So we see the dog grow older and Owen’s family respectively. They have three children along the way. Owen feels a little depressed about missing out on being a big time reporter like some of his buddies.
This movie is cute and a tear-jerker for pet lovers. Let’s just say that my girlfriend was crying her eyes out at the end of this film. As I assume a lot of people did. Guess what, the dog dies of old age at the end of the movie. It’s sad, but it’s life. Don’t call me a cynic because of this. I just knew what was going to happen all along.
I was upset that this movie didn’t seem to have a central focus. Was the movie about the dog, or was it about the family. The family story didn’t seem to be complete. He moved on to being a reporter at the end of the movie, and right before Marley dies complains that he wants to be a columnist again. So what happened to this entire story line? I have no idea. The movie never told me. Was the movie about the dog? Sort of. The dog was there the entire move. I felt he was just a way to push the story line forward. It wasn’t about him completely, he was just there.
The acting was pretty good and I can’t complain at all. Owen Wilson is top notch. He’s really a good actor, and can play well into a lot of different scenarios. Jennifer Aniston didn’t do that bad either. She can play a good secondary actress I suppose. Her role was minimal compared to Owen’s.
Overall I liked this film. This movie deserves a 70%. Buy it for your wife, she will love you for it. You can find it on Amazon for $10.48.
This is Nathan Atteberry for Attebiz Movie Reviews