Marmaduke

2010-06-15 09:14
 
Marmaduke

What it's about:

Originally a cartoon strip, Marmaduke revolves around the Winslow family and their Great Dane, Marmaduke. But Marmaduke is not your ordinary dog. His tricks and traits precede him. The movie also happens to be written by the original writer of the comic strip, Brad Anderson.

What we thought:


When Marmaduke (voiced by Owen Wilson) is informed by his trusted friend and household cat, Carlos (voiced by George Lopez) that their owner, Phil (Pushing Daisies star Lee Pace) has found a new job, the two confidants see their whole world get turned upside down. With no chopice in the matter, the two, along with the Winslow family, move from the homeliness of Kansas to the big city life in Orange County, California.

Much to his dismay, Marmaduke soon discovers that the other animals in the O.C. are not as friendly as his pals back home. Despite making some new friends at the local dog park and incurring the wrath of the local bully Bosco (voiced with a cool menace by Kiefer 'Jack Bauer' Sutherland), Marmaduke believes he has what it takes to prove he can be the best dog he can be. With his owner Phil, wrapped up in his new job, it's Marmaduke’s mission to try and keep the family together while upping his own status in the dog park and impress the girl dog of dreams, Jezebel (voiced by Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie).

Fans of the sentimental Marley and Me will no doubt enjoy watching the cast of cute animals get into all sorts of sticky situations, but don't expect to have any heartstrings tugged or brain cells activated. This is basically a doggie version of G-Force - minus the action, which is even worse than it sounds. There are valuable lessons to be learned (for the kids, of course), and as big and as clumsy as he may be, Marmaduke’s heart is in the right place.

Under-fives, will no doubt get a kick out of watching the canine cast, including chihuahuas, an Australian shepherd, a few collies and the thoroughly odd-looking Hairless Chinese Crested, in action. True dog lovers might feel like they're barking up the wrong tree.


Despite the lead being a Great Dane, there is absolutely nothing great about this poor attempt at a fun family film featuring man’s best friend.

Niki 2010/06/13 9:06 AM
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My kids and I thoroughly enjoyed this film. It is not going to win any oscars but it doesn't aim to. It is just a good old fashioned family film.
LH 2010/06/13 7:08 PM
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Took the kids to watch it this afternoon, and they LOVED it!
Trinity 2010/06/15 7:39 PM
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I am 41 and LOVED it. So did my 63 year old Mum, my niece of 5 and my niece of 13. It is a good old fashioned film that the entire family can see. It is devoid of sex, violence and every other shock tactic that apparently makes a movie worthwhile these days. I would highly recommend it.
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