Excerpt: Marley is a documentary focused on Bob Marley’s life. The film is not about taking any sort of stance, it simply exists as a fascinating record of an influential figure, whose music has literally had an effect on the world. Following a limited theatrical release, accompanying its availability on VOD, the film is now available on Blu-ray with a slew of extras, all further helping to delve into the life and influence of Robert Nesta Marley.
Conclusion: For those who want to celebrate Bob Marley's life or learn more about him, 'Marley' is the documentary for you. Magnolia delivers a Blu-ray with very good A/V qualities, though the extras are slight considering once the ads and deleted scenes are set aside, there is one and a half special features. I would have liked even more about the man or the documentary's production, but the film is satisfying on its own.
Excerpt: International music superstar Bob Marley passed away in 1981 from cancer, but his music and legacy continues to be a powerful force today. Created in cooperation with Marley’s surviving family, Marley attempts to be the definitive portrait of the legend. Both the man and his music are covered over the course of his life, from his humble roots in Jamaica, to his music tours across the globe from Japan to America as he spread the popularity of Reggae music.
Excerpt: Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was born half-caste in the mountains of Jamaica, a product of a mixed race relationship between his native mother and a mysterious older Englishman. Growing up, he never fit in, having no real place in either ethnic community. Music was his only solace, especially when his family moved to the urban "ghetto" of Trenchtown, outside Kingston. There, he hooked up with like-minded teens to play.
Conclusion: A comprehensive birth-to-death account of a short life well-lived, Kevin MacDonald's Marley grounds the reggae superstar in historical reality while simultaneously increasing the scope of the legend that surrounds him. Like Marley's music—which is heard here throughout—the film covers all the emotional bases; it's rebellious and nostalgic, impassioned and celebratory and sad.
Excerpt: Any respectable retelling of Bob Marley ’s life has a lot to cover. In the 1970s, drive, charisma, and especially talent made Marley one of the biggest music stars in the world, but understanding his ascent and his music means understanding the difficult circumstances from which it emerged. Born poor in rural Jamaica, Marley was raised primarily by his mother, who later moved their family to the city of Kingston.
Excerpt: Het is inmiddels alweer 30 jaar geleden dat hij overleed maar zijn muziek en denkbeelden zijn belangrijk gebleven. Bob Marley is een legende en met deze film levert Kevin MacDonald een prachtige docu af over het leven van de Rastaman.