Saturday, December 27, 2008

Best And Now I Spoil Marley & Me

Warning: I am about to discuss the end of Marley and Me! Read no further if the non-surprising final act of the film is NOT something you want revealed to you (if you haven't already seen it) or NOT something you want to revisit (if you have seen it).

Seriously.

"Big Spoilers!" in 10...

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This is your last chance! Turn away!

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Okay,

Here I go...

The dog dies of old age? What in the world?

A month or so ago I picked up on these rumblings that Marley & Me was being falsely advertised as a charming, family-friendly life-with-a-dog film when REALLY the plot heads off in another direction towards the end. The Million Dollar Baby of 2008, if you would. So I went in to the Barnes-family viewing of the movie with my antenna up, ready to pick up clues as to what the "twist" could be. The dog dying, that would be too easy, so my main suspicion was that Jennifer Aniston would have to go. For a while the film seemed filled to bursting with clues that such a thing might happen...the most flagrant being when Owen Wilson picks up a newspaper dated late-August, 2001. Oh no! I thought. Am I watching a September 11th movie? Is Aniston going to die in one of the planes? For a minute I sat there cursing this cuddly movie for the direction it was about to go in but, nope, turns out it's not a 9/11 movie...and Wilson's entire family doesn't die in a car crash either, and nope, his wife doesn't get murdered by the man that stabbed their neighbor. The dog just gets old and dies. That's all.

Come on!

3 comments:

Side of Jeffrey said...

I hope High School Musical 3 has a better ending than that.

Brig said...

They get old and graduate.
Sorry.

Bek said...

my mom sounded pretty triumphant when she called to tell me this movie made more than brad pitt's.

how's that for a surprise twist ending? huh?