Sommerleigh Pollonais, Senior Writer
Plot: A legendary dog trainer believes he can transform Marmaduke from an undisciplined, but lovable dog, into the first Great Dane to win the World Dog Championship.
Review: Having nothing better to do I clicked on this Netflix movie. Now I realised I could’ve found more entertainment folding my socks than watching this unfunny and lazily animated tale of the long-running comic strip known as Marmaduke (which had a mostly forgotten live action version back in 2010).
I’m perfectly fine with the fact that not every animated movie needs to be at Pixar or Dreamworks level of goodness or quality, but that doesn’t mean we have to settle for something as ugly and uninspired as this. Take for example 2011’s Gnomeo & Juliet. It’s not an award-worthy animated film but I would be lying if I said I didn’t find it funny and mostly entertaining. Not only is Marmaduke’s animation hideous to look at, the story is boring, unoriginal and I didn’t crack a smile once, let alone laugh at any of this Great Dane and his family’s antics.
“It’s for kids,” you say? Well, so is 90 per cent of the animated movies released. So that excuse isn’t going to cut it here, and I honestly don’t see anyone above the age of five finding this creepy looking dog, the weirdly drawn people of this world or any of their dead-eyed antics in any way entertaining.
So if you’re looking for a movie about a giant loveable dog whose family have no idea how to deal with him, might I suggest Beethoven instead? It might not be animated but it’s definitely a better use of your precious time, and your kids won’t ask you why you don’t love them anymore.
Sommer’s Score: 3 out of 10
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Sommerleigh of the House Pollonais. First of Her Name. Sushi Lover, Queen of Horror Movies, Comic Books and Binge Watching Netflix. Mother of two beautiful black cats named Vader and Kylo. I think eating Popcorn at the movies should be mandatory, PS4 makes the best games ever, and I’ll be talking about movies until the zombie apocalypse comes.
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