Hi there everyone!
It’s the middle of the week, and whether you’re having your perfect summer June holidays, or you’re in the middle of a tough work week, I wish you all the laughs and smiles and sunshines in the world. And if you don’t feel like smiling, I wish you a raining weather, time to snuggle at home with a good book and hot chocolate (with marshmallows). And if you’re feeling sad, then maybe today’s challenge is perfect for you!
The movie that makes me cry without fail is …
We went to a beautiful area (I forgot where it was or what it was called) in the city that had a mouth-watering lolly store and a quaint cinema, and there my friend and I hunkered down with some plain popcorn. Culture shock! We could sit anywhere in that massive cinema!
Marley & Me is the story of John, played by Owen Wilson, who buys a labrador retriever puppy who he names after Bob Marley and brings home to see if he and his wife, Jenny, played by Jennifer Aniston, are ready to start a family.
The movie is all about their journey together and the trying time they have with Marley as a puppy and when he later grows up (but not out of his antics).
But beware, it disguises itself as a comedy – but it leaves you in nothing but tears two thirds of the way through. You know how? It makes you laugh first, it makes you fall in love with them and then it takes a knife and just stabs you in the heart! I’m being melodramatic …
I loved this story. It was just so well-written from John’s point-of-view. And you can pretty much guess why I cried at the end – sobbed like a blubbering baby in the cinema with my childhood friend, who also sobbed but did not judge my absolute abjectness towards the end.
The couple’s relationship with Marley is an absolute love-hate relationship that ends with the unbearable realisation that Marley has not been just an accessory to their lives, or a cause of their troubles, but a very necessary anchor that tested them, making their bond stronger.
Honestly, I think any story with a dog that dedicates its life and love with its owners will be a guaranteed tear-fest. Marley & Me sums it up perfectly:
John Grogan: A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water log stick will do just fine. A dog doesn’t care if your rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he’ll give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary?
John Grogan: A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his.
Okay, reminiscing about the scenes is just making me sad. I’ll leave you with a trailer of the film:
Okay, that’s it. Lastly, check out Rhey of Sunshine’s blog for the movie that makes her all teary-eyed and reaching for tissues.