Friday 13 August 2010

Marmaduke review

Marmaduke (U, 88 mins)
Director: Tom Dey
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

If you didn’t think an adaptation of a newspaper comic strip could sustain a full length movie, well you’d be absolutely right, as the adventures of the unruly Great Dane are brought to live action life with real dogs given computerised help to make them appear to talk. Marmaduke (voiced by Owen Wilson) and his family move to California where he meets a bunch of new friends, jeopardises his owner’s job and learns some lessons in humility. In place of anything remotely resembling a story we get a series of barely connected destructive slapstick sequences, dogs behaving like humans and various bodily functions. It’s all painfully lazy and unfunny, treating kids and adults alike with contempt. Bad dog.

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