Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Marley and Me

Yesterday I went to see Marley and Me. Every now and then a film is released that restores my faith in humanity a little bit, and this is one of them. On the surface, this is a film about a dog who most of the time acts like a misbehaved child, but I believe it’s more than that. It’s a film that a gives an insight to real American life, and that is why it’s so endearing. There’s nothing forced by the actors, and while the humour stems mostly from Marley’s anecdotes, it’s also entertaining to watch the couple’s relationship develop with the joys and struggles of a marriage. It’s incredibly natural and true to life and seems very much like a real American family.

It’s a long film, and I'm usually very aware when a film goes on for longer than the 1 hour 30 minute mark, but it’s not drawn out, every scene is valid. Most importantly, it’s worth the two hours of your time.

You would have to be made of stone not to want to cry by the end. Call me sentimental but the last few lines really touched me: A dog doesn't care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his. Any dog lover knows this is true, we’re supposed to be the most evolved, intelligent ones, yet a dog understands something we easily lose sight of.

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