Marley & Me (Three-Disc Bad Dog Edition) Blu-ray Review
Marley's not nearly as adorable as the film's marketers would have you believe ... where's the Dog Whisperer when you need him?
Marley & Me was not what I expected. I didn't see the film during its theatrical run, but I do remember its marketing, and its marketing left me with the distinct impression that it was a romantic comedy or at the very least a cute animal comedy. It's not really either of those. Sure it has its comedic moments, but it's really the story of the life of a couple during the years they share it with their dog Marley. Naturally most of the comedic moments come from Marley, but most of those are early on in the film. From there it moves well into the world of drama as Marley's owners John and Jennifer Grogan (Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston) move towards middle age and struggle with issues such as John's lack of fulfillment at work and Jennifer's sacrifice of her promising career to become a stay-at-home mom who finds herself stretched very thin caring for three kids and a rambunctious dog. While the film carries a PG-rating it's not really for kids who will quickly lose interest once Marley's antics take a backseat to marital problems and other stresses of adult life. It can be a sentimental journey for those who have at some point in their lives had a long-term relationship with a beloved pet and those who enjoy family dramas, but those looking for animal antics or romantic comedy will find the film to be slow-going.
Marley & Me is available in a three disc package that includes the film on Blu-ray, a DVD disc for taking on the road (although it's probably not the best choice to keep kids distracted and quiet in the car), and a digital copy disc that will allow you to place the movie on your iPod, PSP, or other portable device. The Blu-ray disc also includes a host of special features, most of which are aimed squarely at dog-lovers. The picture and sound quality are excellent, so if you have the hi-def equipment to enjoy it the Blu-ray version is definitely the way to go.
Transmitted: 8/21/2014 10:00:06 AM