Canine catalyst for cuteness

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

A scene from Marley and Me

Marley and Me
Directed by: David Frankel
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson

4 stars

Love, a universal theme that dominates global culture, never grows old simply because it’s one to which we all relate. A special kind of love â€" the kind between a couple and their dog â€" acts as the catalyst for David Frankel’s Marley and Me, which opened in theatres on Christmas Day.

Based on the novel by John Grogan, Marley and Me is a film the whole family can enjoy.

Jennifer Aniston plays the role of Jenny Grogan, a reporter who quits her job to start a family with her husband John (Wilson) who is also a journalist. The film’s focus is the progression of their marriage and life together, beginning with the addition of Marley shortly after they get married. The film possesses many comical moments, but is balanced with deeply sentimental and heartfelt scenes.

Marley the dog plays a significant role in presenting the ups and downs in Jenny and John’s lives through the struggles and joys they deal with in sustaining a marriage and creating a family.

The range of emotions provoked makes this a strong film. The novel was successful with dog lovers everywhere and David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) has done everything right in the making of the film. Scenes, particularly those at the end, hit close to home emotionally â€" really bringing the film together.

The effect of the dog for the story, as opposed to the performances of the actors, stands out the most. Marley and Me is a film worth seeing, especially for fans of the novel.

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