Marley & Me
The twist at the end of Marley & Me came as no surprise to me, as during the movies theatrical release in the States, I read a news story about the film’s billboard being defaced with a three-word spoiler. Not that a spoiler like that would matter, as Marley & Me was being promoted as a feel-good rom-com, that would mean the twist would be a good sad ending.
And it was quite a good, light hearted rom-com, with Owen Wilson being Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston being Jennifer Aniston. The inclusion of Marley the boisterous dog and a few other clichés made for an enjoyable first hour or so.
The problem comes – especially if you know the spoiler – when the penny drops, sometime after the one-hour mark, and you realise just what is going to happen. Then the film becomes a depressing, drawn out, agonising waste of time. It probably didn’t help that I watched this during my second day off work with a hideous flu/cold and I’m writing this with a thumping headache.
So if you like to have your light hearted comedies with a heavy sprinkle of tear filled depression at the end, then this is the movie for you.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Rating: [PG] Contains sexual references.
Released on: June 11th, 2009
Year of Original Release: 2008
Stars: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane, Kathleen Turner, Alan Arkin, Nathan Gamble, Halye Bennett
Length (Minutes): 110
Media Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Director: Frankel, David
Studio: 20th Century Fox