Sunday, January 11, 2009

Marley & Me

I saw the movie Marley & Me the night before last. I feel the need to call my mom and tell her to wait until it comes out on video before she watches it. Don't misunderstand me--I'm not going to tell her that because I thought the movie was bad, but because I don't know if she would be able to hold it together in the theater. (I sure couldn't.)

First of all, I'm partial to labs. There's something about that sweet face and those soft, floppy, triangle ears that gets me every time. My family has had two black lab mixes and my brother, Keith, now owns a smaller dog which is probably part black lab. As I'm sure you all know, the dog in the movie is a yellow lab. Totally adorable. I was a little surprised they didn't show as many puppy scenes as I would have expected. Maybe test audiences we're "awwwww"ing for too long that they had to limit the number of scenes with Marley as a puppy. I personally experienced the very vocal "awwww"s of the people around me in the theater. (I may have let one or two slip, myself.) Marley is a stinker, but he's so loveable at the same time. I am smitten with the dog in this movie.

The second thing I liked about the film is how real some of the scenes were. I watched it thinking, "Ooh. I hope I don't turn out to be the kind of wife and mother Jenny is in this scene." Yet, her portrayal of just how hard it can be to juggle a career, a home, young kids, a crazy pet, and a marriage was probably much more accurate than the way I tend to imagine it. She didn't hide her humanity, and neither did her husband, John. I was intrigued by John's sense of yearning for a different set of circumstances for his life, and I was pleased when he ultimately realized that what he had was indeed the best fit for him. At times, the people around him knew better than he did what he was best for, or what was best for him.

No, this movie isn't going to win any Oscars, but it was heart-felt and enjoyable. Bring Kleenex.


Kim said...

Ok, so I have been wanting to see this movie...though I think I had better wait till it comes out on video...or not watch it at all! I read the book...except the last few chapters. Once Marley started getting older, I thought, "that's it. Better stop while I'm ahead." I can't handle the idea of pets going to "doggy heaven" so I am thinking I may have to skip this one. Am I right?
How was your trip? Hope you had a great time!!!

Ruth said...

Yeah, based on your comments, you should definitely wait until video. While the last scenes of the movie are tough, they are also very touching. Maybe if you rent it, you can decide if you want to stop watching.

My time in Chicago was very nice! My college friends and I had so much fun at Alicia's wedding, and it was great to spend time with family. I'll post about it once I get my pictures off my camera and onto the computer!

p.s. I LOVE that you're blogging now! It's such a great way to keep up with one another!

Alicia VerHage Petersen said...

I agree Ruth - My fam and I went to see it to relieve some pre-wedding stress and I was down right angry at the pre-views afterward because we left depressed and more stressed. There were also little children being held by their mothers sobbing in the movie. Sometimes I think that pre-views for movies should have to give a better feeling of the movie! I like your comments:)