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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Bob Marley
Rita Marley
Lee Scratch Perry
Cindy Breakspeare
Bunny Wailer
Chris Blackwell.
Directors
Kevin Macdonald.
Screenwriters
Running Time
144 minutes

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Marley
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Plot
Kevin Macdonald packs his camera and follows in the gentle footsteps of reggae's godfather, Bob Marley, in a documentary that takes in friends, family and musical collaborators.


Review
Marley
Everybody knows Bob Marley — a face on a T-shirt — but Kevin Macdonald’s documentary is the definitive cradle-to-grave bible on the man behind the phenomenon. Macdonald (The Last King Of Scotland), in collaboration with the Marley family, tracks down talking heads from Marley’s school teacher to the nurse at his death bed; no stone is left unturned. This epic, uplifting film takes us to the colourful heart of Jamaica, through American tours and on to Bob’s exile in London, revealing how Marley — father, player, leader — became the figurehead for the Rastafarian culture that accepted him and the “spiritual” music that to this day remains his legacy to the world. A testament befitting a legend.


Verdict
A masterful doc to rival Macdonald's Touching The Void.


Reviewed by Eve Barlow

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A rather lengthy attempt to get under the skin of the Jamaican reggae superstar Bob Marley who died far too young from cancer at the age of 36 in 1981. While this documentary may largely be composed of a series of talking heads, the interviewees all knew Marley well and are able to contribute a well-rounded depiction of an often conflicted man. And of course his remarkable music legacy isn’t too much of a hindrance either. ... More

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If this is such a five star film then couldn't Empire have given it more than just a single paragraph review? ... More

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haven't seen the new issue of mag yet, but be a shame if there's not a bit more coverage on this ... More

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