The girlfriend and I caught this movie tonight; and it was really good. Owen Wilson was decent in this, though I don't think he's well suited for emotional drama. Same with Jennifer Aniston; she's very funny, but should stick to comedies.
I cried a number of times during the movie; while the commercials will suggest it's a fun movie, it has very heavy moments. Seeing the kids say goodbye to the dog really killed me, as did the (admittedly overdramatic, but really effective) scene where John (Owen's character) says goodbye to Marley, the vet administers the sedative, and the dog dies.
I agree - to an extent. My wife cried reading the book, so I knew what to expect heading into the movie New Year's Eve.
My only disagreement with Oliver? My wife and I are dog lovers (rescue volunteers, multiple dog family, etc.). We had to help our young Wemieraner to the Rainbow Bridge about 2 months ago because of continued seizures that just could not be controlled or medicated. I didn't find the movie's depiction of the "saying goodbye" scene to be over-dramatized, my wife and I cried much more than that when Tank was put down.
It's a good movie, sort of "heavy" IMO for early in a dating relationship and if you haven't read the book don't watch it if you've recently lost a canine family member.
Originally posted by RudoublesedoublelI didn't find the movie's depiction of the "saying goodbye" scene to be over-dramatized, my wife and I cried much more than that when Tank was put down.
Totally agreed. I've been present for a couple of of such situations, feline & canine, and I thought the movie handled it all rather tastefully and realistically. Or maybe I'm just a complete sap...
Originally posted by Above Average 1The only complaint I can think of is that I found the ending to drag on, and by the end I was actually starting to wish the dog dead.
Yeah, not so much wishing the dog would die, but you know it's coming for so long and you just get to that point where you want it to be over. But at the same time you don't. Very much like the real thing, actually.
I'm not going to say it was a brilliant movie by any stretch; fairly average in most of the major categories. The kids were quite good and you can tell the source material was a strong story. If you have ever loved a dog, though, this movie will make you smile. And sob. Lots. It's not just a tissue movie, it's "bring the whole box".
I watched the film today, owing to my hetero man-crush on Michael Cera. He is as good as ever, and Kat Dennings knows how to keep up with him. The actress who plays Kat's friend is also very good, and is a very believable drunk.