The definitive life story of Bob Marley–musician, revolutionary, legend–from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.
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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.
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.
This film gave me a great perspective on a guy who's face I've seen everywhere, but don't know much about other than reggae. Any music lover needs to watch this.
If you do choose to skip this one, at least watch the ending credits. They gave me goosebumps.
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!
It was very enlightening to see his friends' opinions of him in comparison to his children's opinions of him. I'm not a fan of reggae, but this movie had a similar affect on me to The Harder They Come, giving me a new appreciation for it.