Marmaduke Movie Review
admovieso | April 7, 2012 | No comments
Fox’s new movie release based on the sixty year old comic of the same name is not expected to be a big box office movie success.
Marmaduke, the movie dog, is modeled after the original Great Dane but now he’s a jokester who talks to numerous four-legged co-stars and shares the stage very occasionally with some human co-stars as well. The movie harkens back to some earlier Disney movies such as “The Ugly Dachshund” (1966) and “Old Yeller” (1957). Reminding viewers of better movies can be a risky business.
Producer John Davis, director Tom Dey and screenwriters Tim Rasmussen and Vince Di Meglio have produced a movie that will amuse kids, is not too many others. Marmaduke, voiced by Owen Wilson, is the narrator of the film. His owners are the Winslow family played by Lee Pace (husband Phil Winslow), Judy Greer (Phil’s wife), and their teenage daughter and son. At the start of the movie, the Winslows, Marmaduke, and the family’s cat, voiced by George Lopez, move from Kansas to California. Phil Winslow’s odd new boss Don Twombley, is played by William H. Macy, a strange dog fancier who enjoys working while walking barefoot in local dog park.
Once in California, Marmaduke makes friends with some other pups and they are all the subject of some bullying by a pedigreed dog gang run by Bosco, played by Kiefer Sutherland. He also has a doggie flirtation with his best dog buddy, Mazie, played by Emma Stone and the well –heeled (pawed?) Fergie. No actor playing a human in the movie cast gets much time on screen except for Lee Pace.
This movie is going to have a tough time making it out of the doghouse.