nothing says 'good doc' like objectivity!
It's a fascinating endeavor to try to humanize a cultural icon that is larger than life and since Kevin MacDonald seems to be on fire in the documentary world recently (Executive Producing the recently enthralling "Senna"), he was a solid candidate for a docu all about Marley. Although we're left wanting to know much more about who this man was, it's still an entirely satisfying film that leaves the mind reeling.
This film just totally made me admire Bob Marley ten times more than I did previously. An informative look at the man's life, I learned so much about the human being rather than the musician. It's 2 hour running time goes so fast, you get so engrossed from the stories being told that you don't even notice the time going by. Loved this doc very much.
Macdonald's 2 1/2 hour examination of Bob Marley even at double the length would still only scratch the surface of his legacy. Mind you this heartfelt, emotional and informative docu certainly whets the appetite for more information. Some great stories, amazing live footage and warm rememberances still don't seem to fully capture the man. One can only marvel at what this man accomplished in his 36 short years.
We don't need to know any rubbish about Justin Bieber or Katy Perry. The life story we all care about is that of Bob.
Wow, I am always surprised at how many movies are missing from Mubi. They list this generic talking heads doc, but do not have a listing for Heartland Reggae, the masterpiece about the Jamaican Woodstock featuring the most exciting and inspiring footage of Marley ever recorded!
I felt the film did portray his negative side by touching on the subjects of his numerous accounts of infidelity, his lethargic parenting skills and his stubborn denial of his mortality. However, most of the film was on a positive note, but that's understandable due to his positive impact on the world that's going to carry on for more generations to come.
Kevin Macdonald delivers the definitive documentary on Bob Marley and his legacy(on 4/20 no less). Some critics say the film elevates Marley to the point that he is Christ-like, glossing over his negative qualities. I found the film to be balanced enough with commentary from his family that gave us an idea what life was like living with Marley. It would have been hard for the film not be so positive on such an icon.