MARLEY – Review

Bob Marley in a scene from MARLEY, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Magnolia PicturesMarley explores a human legacy that has grown and will continue to expand in part due to the detailed documentary of the life of Bob Marley, thanks in part to Academy Award® winning filmmaker Kevin Maconald; and the people who knew him best.

Born in 1945, in a humble one room shack, in the small, Jamaican village of Nine Mile, Bob Marley was born to his 16 year old mother. His father, Norval Marley, was a 65-year old white man who was employed by a forestry commission. While growing up, Marley was rejected by both white and black people, and always felt as if he were an outsider. He later found his mixed heritage to be the bonding point of bringing both races and all people together as one international brotherhood.

He unintentionally involved himself in Jamaican politics, and with the power of his music, held the ability to garner votes for candidates. Notably, Marley never chose his influence to seat not one man in office–but seized this moment as an opportunity to unite all people. At one point in his life, when Bob Marley was a young man, he sought the help of his father to buy a car to make it easy for him and his friends to get around to sell their records and spread their love. His father failed to recognize him. It was out of this rejection that he penned the song “Corner Stone” in acknowledgement that his father was the founding maker in his life–but not the wielder of it.

Macdonald presents a compelling portrait of a man and his journey to creating one love, and his life on that journey. He takes care as how he  presents Bob Marley’s legacy, and how he is perceived by bringing the less known aspects of his life forward–such as having different relationships while still married to Rita Marley; and having other children from those relationships. The film hosts never before seen images from Marley’s youth, his time on the road and filmed footage from some of his less publicized performances.

Given all the information and documentation contained in the film, one thing is certain–that this is the single, most definitive record on the life of Bob Marley. The documentary proceeds chronologically; filled with interviews and historical events that surrounded Marley, his family, and of course, what influenced his music. The music wasn’t the specific focus of the film it serves to offer clarity of  the evolution of Marley’s distinct sound.

Bob Marley’s message remains clear: One love. One people. One happiness. A fantastic homage to his music legacy.

Marley was received as a courtesy for review from Magnolia Pictures.  Bob Marley‘s universal appeal, impact on music history, and role as a social and political prophet are both unique and unparalleled. Marley is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, legend, and the man, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, never before seen performances, previously unreleased music, and regulatory interviews with the people that knew him best.  

DVD Bonus Features include:

  • Around the World – features people from “around the world” saying what Bob Marley‘s music means to them.
  • Extended interview with Bunny Wailer
  • Children’s Memories: additional interviews with David “Ziggy” Marley, Stephen Marley and Cedella Marley.
  • Listening to I’m Loose
  • Commentary with Director Kevin Macdonald and David “Ziggy” Marley
  • Photo gallery
  • Theatrical trailer

Source: Magnolia Pictures

MARLEY
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  • Rated 5 stars
  • Spectacular

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Review Summary:

Bob Marley’s universal appeal, impact on music history, and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. MARLEY is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, legend, and the man, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, never before seen performances, previously unreleased music, and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.

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