Thursday, January 01, 2009

Marley & Me

Hello!!! I live!!! Jess and I just got back from seeing Marley & Me and then going to Scott and Esther's for homemade pizza.

Scott and Esther were actually supposed to go to the movie with us, but it was sold out when they got there only 15 minutes after we bought tickets. Who knew that a 3:00 show on a Thursday would sell out. Combine school vacation with people looking for something to do when it is 9ยบ outside and I guess you get a sold out film on a Thursday.

And I have to say this was a great movie. Jess has been reading the book, so she had a pretty good idea what the movie was going to be about, but leave it to Hollywood to mislead the rest of the population that was ignorant about this film to make it look like a light-hearted comedy, which is wasn't. Oh sure it had some funny parts that we laughed at, but there were some heavy topics, one being, lookout, spoiler alert, the dog dying at the end of the film.

Now, we being adults of relatively sound mind, could handle that. We knew it was coming, you knew it had to be. Or at least, I would have thought so. But to the dozens of 10 year old and under kids at the film with their clueless parents, apparently the obvious was lost on them. Or they believed the trailer that this was going to be a comedy with a crazy dog and a crazy owner doing crazy things. Sure, those elements were there, but that was not what the movie was about. I certainly wouldn't have taken my kid to see this. But, I actually knew what the story was about.

Owen Wilson did a great job bringing the character of John Grogan to life on the big screen, and while I usually can't stand Jennifer Aniston (I think I've seen every episode of Friends. At least twice...), she brought believable emotion to the character of Grogan's wife on the big screen and actually did some acting for a change.

This is a great film for the husbands/boyfriends to take their lady too. Of course, I was choked up for the last 25 minutes of the movie, so make sure you bring some tissues. Because if I cried, you know she will.

And the preview for Bride Wars looked awesome!


Sarah said...

yay you're alive!

Anonymous said...

I read the book outloud to our family while we were traveling. Some parts, I had to skip because I couldn't read and cry at the same time...some parts, I could barely read because I was laughing so hard I was crying!

I wait till movies get to the cheap seats...but I WILL go see it (with tissues in hand!).

Debby B.