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February 7, 2009

Movie Review: Marley & Me

My hoomans watched Marley & Me last Wednesday (Opening Day). The movie stars Jennifer Aniston (Jenny Grogan) and Owen Wilson (John Grogan). The role of Marley was played by some 22 dogs to represent the different stages of Marley’s life.

Overall, we enjoyed the movie because it shares the lessons and value of Life and Love in the form of the most unusual persona of the “world’s worst dog”. For someone who had read the book though, we felt that the story could have been made even better. It does not come as a surprise really because more often than not, book-to-movie productions often fall short of the expectations of the readers.

We just felt bad because there were parts which were not expounded and inclusion thereof would have made the scenes/ stages of Marley’s life more understandable. I could expound, but I don’t want to spoil the fun for my other puppy friends who have yet to see the movie.

The movie lasted for almost 2 hours or a little over it, and manang sniffed and leaked silently (manang: it took a lot of will power not to bawl) throughout the later parts of the movie. It was a good thing we watched during the opening day, so not too many got to see her red Rudolph-esque nose and puffy eyes.

For me, the best part was after the movie ended … When our humans went home and when manong and I cuddled on the floor and slept…


Manang's postscripts:

An anonymous friend of Aki and Addie said that we will be spoiling Aki and Poopie after watching the movie. We had to agree. Seeing it made me love them even more. Watching the movie was like watching Aki’s future life flash before my eyes. It is funny, heart wrenching, tear-jerking, but very real. This makes the Book and the movie very close to my heart.


Maggie and Mitch said...

What a great review! Mom says she wants to see the movie even more now! I think this will mean extra hugs and squeezes for us!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

The FOUR Musketeers said...

Oh now sissy wanted to watch the movie right on the spot after reading it ! BOL ! But its not shown on movies yet ): BOL !

Bobby said...

That movie sounds too sad for me to watch.

Anonymous said...

Yup, that seems about right! I have a post about when my Mommy went to see it with Nawnie and Papa! They all came home and were extra lovey to me! It made Mommy and Nawnie leak too... And I think it even made Papa get a little sad. He went with Mommy when she had to put down her dog Chelsea. But anyways, the movie transcends age and cultures and just reminds up how special us pups truly are!


Joe Stains said...

Mom doesn't want to watch it because it seems like she would just cry the whole time. she is a baby.

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Tank woo fur sharing all those thoughts on the movie, the book, and life!

I know woo got LOTS of extra Aki&Poopi-ttention!


Lorenza said...

Hi, Aki!
My mom does not like to cry in public. So we will wait for the video!
Thanks for the review!
Kisses and hugs

Anonymous said...

What a sweet baby picture of Aki. He makes me very jealous of manang and manong.

Thor said...

Hi Aki!
My mom wants to watch the movie this weekend.


Anonymous said...

Though my mom loved the book and the movie was filmed nearby, she's afraid it will make her too sad. (Our Freddie had Marley's illness.) Thanks for the excellent review - now we feel as if we'd seen it.


Simona,Paco e Milo said...

Hiiiiiiiiiiiii dear Aki!!!!!
thanks for sharing with us ths story!!!!!
but mom have cried a lot when read the she doesn't want to watch it because it seems like she would just cry the whole time!!!!!she have a sweet heart!!!!POOR Mom!!!!!maybe will be us to give extra cuddles to her!!!!! WAAAWAAAWAAAA!!!!!!!
and Aki....your picture with Manang is sooooooooooooooooo cute!!!we love it and we love you soooooooooooooooo much!!!!
have a great week!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lots of love and kisses

Huskee and Hershey said...

Hi Aki and Poopie,
Hmmmm.. something rang a bell. I think the 'World's Worst Dog' is now living with me... so Marley must've relinquished his crown to 'you know who'.

Anonymous said...

Hi Aki! I'd love to be added to your blogroll of friends, and I've added you to mine.

See ya!

Chow Chow said...

Thanks for the review. Mummy can't wait to catch it! If only the cinemas allow dogs to go in...

Trudis said...

Aki and Poopie, guess what, we're back!!! I miss you very much!

The Secretary decided not to watch Marley, she hates sad dog movies.

take care!