It wasn't what most people consider the worst words. Some of the interviewees are great characters and speak with wisdom. Aniston delivers one of her best performances, in my opinion. Imagine the heartache of Old Yeller multiplied by 10. Whilst not a saint his soul crackled with energy and shone bright, perhaps too bright for the physical being that contained it and which sadly gave out at only 36.
The film really humanizes the characters and their relationship with Marley with such realism. The dynamics of the relationship between John and Jennifer is also remarkable. After I began watching, it grabbed my attention and never let go! There aren't many people in the cast. It was almost as if Jennifer Aniston threw down the script and put her own life on screen as Jennifer Grogan. Shredding cushions, destroying floors and walls and most everything in between seems to never quite drive them completely mad. Most can relate to the experience of being a pet owner, and even if you can't, there are messages here you can still connect with. The movie isn't solely about the dog, but how the dog is a bit of a nuisance at first, but matures along with the family.
The film charts his life from his humble beginnings in a small country village without electricity, through his rise to fame in Jamaica, to his exile in London, subsequent return to his Island of birth and eventual death at the age of just 36. Any resistance to this would be casually side-stepped. An excellent movie for pet lovers, newlywed couples and those searching for the meaning of life. His and The Wailers' universal songs of love, peace and hope rank amidst some of the finest and most recognizable ever given up to music. But Bob was a little more than a nonchalant stoner who sung a few tunes, you know. Instead of taking him to the pound they soldier through and love their dog and of course he faithfully loves them in return.
Marley's face has become a symbol for Jamaica's key export, and that's a shame. All of the film's sexual innuendos are while they are married! The whole film is backed with over sixty Marley and Bob Marley and the Wailers songs which start with the song he first recorded aged sixteen and ends with One Love. . This documentary will convert anyone yet understanding how important Robert Nesta Marley was to world music and world politics. The film gives an honest account of his life and of Marley as a man.
Usain Bolt and bobsleighs aside, when someone mentions Jamaica, you think of either Reggae, Rhastas or weed. Kevin Macdonald's Bob doc' could've made the man out to be some kind of saint. Marley and Me is about a dog, definitely, but it's just as much about a man John Grogan, played by Wilson , his wife Jenny, played by Aniston , and his growing family. Equally compelling is the character Jennifer Grogan Jennifer Aniston. The movie itself is very simple; it chronicles the growth of a couple and the impact their pet Labrador has on their family throughout their life.
Anyway, I was happy that she and my girlfriend were excited to see this. A distinct level of cohesion and humanity is well and truly found in the director's attention to detail regarding Bob's estranged personal life; from his impoverished roots and search for acceptance to his self-serving, self-sacrificing ways and stirring date with cancer. For Bob Marley, it was just the key to the door. I don't think my review of this film will be able to capture the true essence and emotions this film captures, but here goes: The film was very gripping in its realistic portrayal of the development of a family and their pet from the couple's wedding until the film's end approximately 40 years into their lives. Not a dry eye in the theater for those old enough to have endured the sad reality of outliving a beloved pet. However, life derails their plains. But, as one of the children in the movie tearfully says, I'm sure he already knows.
Even as the marriage has its ups and downs, as Jen Aniston, sans a character name change gives up her career to be a mom, as kids are born and grow older, as John struggles with his own career direction Marley remains the constant, always a little crazy, always infusing his peculiar personality into the family dynamic. His death at the young age of 36, leaves us asking. Shortly after the honeymoon phase has passed, John and Jennifer Grogan Jennifer Aniston decide to fill a void in their lives, or so they think. The film also gives some background to Rastafarianism, something else that I knew little about. They ultimately move from Florida to Pennsylvania.
Wilson's portrayal of Grogan is a welcome change from the often silly and one dimensional characters Wilson has become known for. Owen Wilson is more toned down, but he adds his spin to a more down-to-earth role as a husband that chooses his life as a husband over the dream life he had pictured. His Last King of Scotland featured a powerful performance from Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin, and in Touching the Void, he chronicled a perilous mountain climbing trip in the Andes. Despite a muddled and stuttered opening, Marley boasts an absolving and deeply moving final third that ties the hefty, 146 minute bio doc' up in style cheesy ending credits aside. His ambition, drive and competitiveness were an integral part of his make-up and became central to his mission to preach love, Rastafari and unity. The film follows John from his wedding night to the peak of his journalism career a dozen years later, years that are chronicled in his weekly columns for a Florida newspaper. Similarly, both Wilson and Aniston deliver understated performances that convey the ups-and-downs of any marriage.
Others are hilarious and most have a fantastic Jamaican Patois which is delightful to listen to. It is really the simplicity that makes the story work so well. He was admired globally and revered in Jamaica. A beloved pet, like Marley, has that unique capability. I haven't had a chance to read the book, but I have a feeling the movie captured the essence of the story.
This movie proved me wrong on both counts. Made with the full cooperation of Bob's family and friends and told largely through their accounts, Marley is a potent and essential piece of documentary film-making. Marley and Me is a tender-hearted, easy-going film that will appeal to any dog-lover. Here, we get the descriptions from Marley's own voice, as well as the voices of his wife Rita, his children including Ziggy , his girlfriends including Cindy Breakspeare who was Miss World. His womanising is mentioned on several occasions, as is his poor parenting.