Marley & Me

by missizziemcguinness

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‘A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, educated or illiterate, smart or dull. Give him your heart and he’ll give you his’

It is a common saying that a dog is a man’s best friend,right? I tend to agree with that statement, mostly if you have a dog, or have had one. Marley and me proves just that.

The film is a known tearjerker about a couple called John and Jenny Grogan (Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston) who get a Labrador called Marley, an boistrous dog who, unknown to them, will provide them with the best memories of their entire life, from when they were married until they have an actual family.

Any of you who have or have had a dog, whether it is hyperactive or well behaved, would sometimes relate to the joys of having a canine in your house for up to about 15 years depending on the breed. In fact, on the subject of dogs, my dog Lottie, who was a black and tan Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, died last February (Feb 2013) and her mannerisms were maybe identical to Marley’s, such as chewing everything up or eating everything, and the only difference between her and Marley was that she was smaller and female.

Marley and Me is based on the memoir by John Grogan (who is an actual journalist), it has an all star cast, including Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, the queen of chick flicks. Even all the dogs playing Marley did A-list style dog acting.

Although it is meant to be a family film, it is the type of movie which really digs into you and gives you so many emotions afterwords once they have been ripped to shreds. The dog was part of their family, and what really set me off was when he was beginning to get very old, and you were beginning to see Owen Wilson’s charecter’s emotions instead of him being a normal journalist guy who constantly talks about his dog.

He’s a dog, why do dogs always give us so many emotions? Is it because they are cute animals? Why does this film have the power to tear our emotional system apart, or is it because dogs like Marley, or our own canines, are part of our family, and losing them are like losing a brother, or sister or friend and they’ll never leave us no matter what.

Unlike other tearjerkers, this one does come with alot of warning as you could see it coming  miles away, but there is a difference between that and the film being predictable (which it isn’t)

All the actors in the film did a tremendous performance, and this film sort of teaches you that a dog doesn’t care who or what you are, but if you give it all your love they will do it in return. This movie makes other sad films like My Girl or The Fault in Our Stars look happy.