Marley & Me

Marley and Me

The other day I went to the cinema to see an action movie.  But for some reason, cinema management decided to swap the times and I ended up in a totally different film, one that I didn’t really want to see, but which was a better home than to return home – “Marley & Me“.  By the way, the poster at the cinema is different from the image above.  Poster shows Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, and a little puppy.  If it was only for the puppy, I’d have gone home.

Now that I’ve seen the film, I am actually glad that I didn’t go home that day.  It was totally worth it.  Yes, it had bits and pieces of your stereotypical romantic comedy and all the bits and pieces of a pet movie, but it had more than that.  Firstly, there were parts that were really funny.  And then there were parts which were really sad (even though, I have to admit, that I didn’t drop a single tear, not very usual).  But the best part, if you ask me, is how the family life was shown.  Particularly, married life, with kids.  When moods swing, things change, but the main stays.  And also how close sometimes a family gets to falling apart, and how it’s only a tiny little bit of patience that decides if it will stay together or break.  I’ve seen many movies that tried to show this, but it was the first time that I’ve actually seen it done.

Overall, I’ll give it a 7 out of 10.  It’s entertaining, emotional, and has a few things to think about.  Good movie.

Wedding Crashers

Am I the only one to think that there are too many movies made recently with the word “Wedding” in their titles? Here is yet another one – “Wedding Crashers“.

Directed by: David Dobkin
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Cast: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher, Jane Seymour, Ellen Albertini Dow, Keir O’Donnell, Bradley Cooper, Ron Canada, Henry Gibson, Dwight Yoakam, Rebecca De Mornay, David Conrad, Jennifer Alden
IMDB raintg: 7.4
My rating: 6.0 ******

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Around the World in 80 Days

I was waiting to see “Around the World in 80 Days” for some time now. I thought it had a potential to be one of very good movies. It turned out I was right. It is an excellent movie for both kids and adults. There is an interesting and well-known story behind it, which has everything – adventures, action, love, friendship, humor, and whatever else you want. But not only the story is great. The realization of that story in this film is great. It is almost perfect (except for a bit longish ending, but who counts?). And it is way better then I expected.

There are so many stars in this movie that you will not beleive it when you see them coming. Jackie Chan (“Rush Hour”,”Shanghai Noon”), playing Passepartout brings in lots of action. All his regular fighting tricks taken to yet another extreme. Arnold Schwarzenegger (“Terminator”,”The Running Man”) reminds everyone what a “great” actor he is. Rob Schneider (“The Animal”,”The Hot Chick”) is there too with some cheap humour. Luke Wilson (“Charlie’s Angels”, “Old School”) and Owen Wilson (“Behind Enemy Lines”, “Shanghai Noon”), who are actually brothers, appear in a small episode as Wright brothers. Even John Cleese of Monty Python’s fame shows up. These are just a few…

Computer graphics and decorations design deserve a special mention. They bring back the magic of Disney animations from back when those guys did something fascinating. Mutation waves between movie and animation are mostly used to glue days together and they look really nice, causing a “Wow!” from the somewhat younger audience in the cinema.

Overall, I would easily give this movie a 8.5 (closer to 9) out of 10. DVD with this film should be a nice addition to a home collection and nice family time passing.