I often think I'm lucky. Well luck isn't just mine, Rhonda won two tickets to see a special screening of a new film not out until March, from the local radio station Invicta FM. Things got better, Uncle Dave agreed to baby sit and said he really liked the book. Marley and Me* was set to be the first grown up film we'd been to together for years. Children affect life in many ways, Wall-E, Toy Story and other similar films become the only cinema experience you remember after a while.
Marley and Me is based on a nonfiction book, which is based on 15 years or so of a news paper reporters life. Starting just before he and his new wife get a dog after a friends suggestion that will delay her needs for a baby for a little while. It ends.... hmm, I'm trying not to give too much away, but it ends when the dog dies.
I liked and enjoyed the film. It follows the real life trials and tribulations that happen to us all and that I think gives something that almost everyone can relate to. It's a true life story that hangs around the presence of a pet dog but could just as easily hang around a much beloved family car or home. That said, Marley added his own life to the situation as only an animal can. Time flew by, the film was 2 hours long and there were good times and bad, happy times and sad, making the whole audiance move from laughter to tears then back again.
I always find it hard to know whether a film is worth watching before hand and I'm often disappointed by the ends. In all honesty I'd often choose not to go the cinema and just have a couple of hours time with one of the many books I have waiting to be read. This film though was well worth watching. If you're not lucky enough to win the tickets as we were, I'd recommend it as worth paying for.
Rootie Ratings are normally a book thing, but I'd give this a four out of five. If only it could be found in the second hand bookshop along with all my other favourites.
*The little animated dog also came from the films web site http://www.marleyandmemovie.co.uk/ where you can also dowload desktop wall papers and other parephenalia. The animated gif was suggested as an 'e-signature' that you can use within your email. I wont be, but it makes a nice little place holder graphic for the review.