Marley Movie Review, Written by: Karen Benardello
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Starring: Bob Marley (archive footage), Rita Marley, Ziggy Marley
Some musicians are valued for their impeccable singing and songwriting abilities, while others are honored for defining and reflecting the social injustices of the world. Bob Marley is one of the select talented musicians who are admired for both his music skills and his determination to stand up for those struggling to survive. While the singer-songwriter’s relentless efforts to change politics is still apparent in culture, almost 31 years after his death, little is known about his personal life. His upbringing and personal relationships are well-balanced with the powerful messages he brought around the world in the biographical documentary.
‘Marley’ uniquely chronicles the upbringing and personal background of one of music’s, and Jamaica’s, most beloved, revolutionary and respected icons. With the help and support of the reggae singer-songwriter’s family, including his widow, Rita; son, Ziggy; and daughter, Cedella; the documentary features interviews who those who knew Marley best. The film also includes rare photos and performances from the musician’s career to showcase why he has become such an important part of music history, and why his message has transcended different cultures.
Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald, who knew little about Marley’s life and career being being hired by the producers of the film’s production company, Shangri-La Entertainment, successfully captured why the singer was motivated to sing about the hardships Jamaica was facing. ‘Marley’ proves the singer wasn’t just involved in the music industry just for his love of singing; he also wanted to serve as an inspiration for people in Jamaica, and around the world, determined to make better lives for themselves. People today can still relate to, and respect, Marley’s actions, because he refused to allow anyone to be forgotten by society, or be dictated on how to live by other people.
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