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Marmaduke
« on: June 26, 2010, 07:14:13 AM »
I wasn't really wanting to see this one, but my mom wanted to see it, so I went with her.  She enjoyed it more than I did.

Most of the movie deals with Marmaduke - a large Great Dane - adjusting after his owners move to California.  The dog park he spends time at is compared to high school and there are cliques of dogs.  He gets bullied by the dog leading the pedigree group and then he tries to act different to fit in more.  When he manages to do that, he turns his back on the dogs who accepted him from the beginning.  There are also issues with the family since Phil is so wrapped up in his new job that he basically ignores everyone. 

This is a movie with real people and real dogs.  Effects are used to make the animals look like they are talking.  The mouth movements sort of work, though they look off at times.  The animals talk to each other and Marmaduke even addresses the audience, but the human characters can't hear the animals talk.  I have seen the Marmaduke comic strip, but not that often, so really all I know is that it is about a large dog.  The plot for the movie is very simple and predictable.  A character attempting to fit in at a new place is nothing new, though it is slightly different to apply that to dogs. 

Most of the attempts at humor fail to be funny.  There fart jokes and some other gross humor that isn't funny.  A few silly moments with the dogs are slightly funny and that is about it.  Too often, Marmaduke will do something wrong and then Phil or Debbie will stand there and say his name is an exasperated way and that is supposed to be funny.  It isn't.  At all.  It gets really old, really quick.  Some of the dogs end up in danger and that bugs me.  I know it is just a movie, but I don't find animals in danger entertaining.  Also, Phil comes across as a huge jerk.  His way of dealing with Marmaduke is just to yell at him instead of actually trying to train him for the longest time.  He only puts the effort out for that when it impacts his job.  His treatment of Marmaduke really annoys me and I can't stand the character.

None of the characters are that interesting, though some of the dogs are cute.  The voices for the animals are fine, though Owen Wilson's voice really doesn't fit such a large dog. 

There is very little that is entertaining in this movie and I have no plans to watch it every again.



I did post a longer review at Epinions a few days ago.

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Najemikon

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Re: Marmaduke
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2010, 03:57:39 PM »
Did you laugh politely or just sulk? I'd have sulked! :laugh:

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Re: Marmaduke
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2010, 04:16:39 PM »
Marmaduke is a daily panel strip...one panel a day...like Dennis the Menace.  I don't really see how that can be developed into a full-length feature film.  Strangely enough, though I love animals, I don't read many comic strips that star animals.  I'll look at Garfield once in awhile but have no interest in Marmaduke or Kit 'N' Carlisle or Heathcliffe, etc.  I do read Arlo & Janis...they have a pet cat though he's not a star.  He usually shows up in one or two strips a week...and unlike most comic strip pets, acts like a real animal.  Oh, another I kind of liked was Get Fuzzy but I never see that one anywhere.  I picked up one or two of the collections and that's all that I've read of it.  As to Marmaduke, the movie...I guess I'll pass.  (Took me a long time to get there, though, huh?)  :laugh:

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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2010, 04:40:13 PM »
Dennis the Menace? Is that the one that was turned into a film? See, we have our own Dennis the Menace in The Beano! Much better. :P

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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2010, 05:55:46 PM »
Jon Im fairly sure Roger is talking about the blonde haired kid... you know I hear both versions of Dennis the Mennace were made at almost identical times and its hard to say which was first... however I know who I prefer...
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Im interested in Marmaduke, ive read the comic online and whilst I agree with roger in that it would be hard to make into a film... im interested... also Owen Wilson does the voice :p

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Re: Marmaduke
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2010, 06:59:48 PM »
Dennis the Menace? Is that the one that was turned into a film?
I have "seen" this one at the drive-in with Free Willy (1 or 2, I have no idea), of course I couldn't care less about what was on screen since I had better things to do in the car :devil:

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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2010, 07:10:09 PM »
Dennis the Menace? Is that the one that was turned into a film?
I have "seen" this one at the drive-in with Free Willy (1 or 2, I have no idea), of course I couldn't care less about what was on screen since I had better things to do in the car :devil:

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Re: Marmaduke
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2010, 01:53:20 AM »
Did you laugh politely or just sulk? I'd have sulked! :laugh:

Well...I didn't laugh much.  Just a couple of times.  I might have sort of been sulking other times.  I do know I kept trying to check my watch and the time seemed to creep.

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« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2010, 01:58:55 AM »
I remember when I first saw the trailer for this in the cinema. When it finished playing my friend and I just sort of looked at each other as if 'Did that ACTUALLY just happen?'. It looked so bad that we couldn't believe it was a trailer for a real film.

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Re: Marmaduke
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2010, 02:04:11 AM »
Unfortunately it is a real movie.

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Re: Marmaduke
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2010, 04:01:54 AM »
Jon Im fairly sure Roger is talking about the blonde haired kid... you know I hear both versions of Dennis the Mennace were made at almost identical times and its hard to say which was first...
Not sure why you remember it that way. First there was Dennis the Menace (1993), with the great Walter Matthau in it as Mr. Wilson and Christopher Lloyd as the bad guy, and then there was Dennis the Menace Strikes Again! (1998) and then A Dennis the Menace Christmas (2007) (the latter two direct to video sequels). I am not aware of there being two Dennis the Menace films at the same time.

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Re: Marmaduke
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2010, 04:13:38 AM »
I don't remember 2 Dennis the Menance movies out at the same time either.

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« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2010, 07:13:12 AM »
 Perhaps Emma was referring to the two comic strip versions of Dennis being out at the same time, not the movies?  I've heard of the dark-haired one but never seen any strips of it...

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Re: Marmaduke
« Reply #13 on: June 27, 2010, 07:32:35 AM »
I didn't know there was a dark haired version.

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Re: Marmaduke
« Reply #14 on: June 27, 2010, 09:11:38 AM »
Perhaps Emma was referring to the two comic strip versions of Dennis being out at the same time, not the movies?  I've heard of the dark-haired one but never seen any strips of it...
Rereading her comment with your comment in mind, that makes entirely sense. :slaphead:

I also have never heard of/seen that dark-haired variation.