You have films about the life of a person, life of a unique individual, heck even a life going backwards, but when it’s the life of a dog it sounds a bizarre one but one that works out so well. Meet Clearance Puppy, or who is further to be named Marley (for his love of Bob Marley music). Marley is unleashed on the world of John and Jenny Grogan and their reporter lifestyle.
Based on the book by John Grogan of his adventures with Marley through his various columns he wrote during his time with Marley. These snippets into his life actually are capsulated on the screen and see Marley from birth to his fear of thunder storms, his ability to eat anything and even the dog obedient school (which has comedic performance from Kathleen Turner).
The family go from ups and downs with both the dog, their lives and their future offspring. Jennifer Aniston is great in a role that isn’t a simple rom com and I enjoy her for it. Although it’s more John Grogan and Marley, Jennifer Aniston has a few real moments in the film which are amazing, her suffering from a miscarriage but also the moment she dances with Marley is always wonderful (and relived again throughout the film).
All good things (or in Marley’s case bad things) come to an end, and when they move for the final time, you can see that Marley isn’t the spirited young dog he used to be and that something bad is about to turn the corner and eventually it does. I always cry, I’m an honest man, I cry a lot. Tissues are always at the ready, moreso for the reaction of the family and the kids in general, what they say, etc.
I think the film is summed up with one of the quotes in the film “A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, give him your heart and he’ll give you his” is so true on Marley & Me. You see the heart of all the characters encompassing this one dog and in the end, it always makes me weep even when I know the ending is coming. An amazing film!
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