Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. Directed by Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), MARLEY is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and 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.
All I knew about Bob Marley was his stunning reggae music and the fact he was full of love,peace and dope.
This documentary shows his entire life from where he grew up to how he became a true legend.
Everybody who was with Bob through the years is interviewed and talks about stories,
The problem I had with this documentary, it was too damn long and I wanted to hear more music than talking within an hour or so.
Still very interesting how some of the events came about of Bob's life and where he nearly died at one point.
I didn't know he had travelled to the UK to try and get noticed with his music at one early stage of his life ( too late now but maybe 'Sugarman' should have done the same thing).
Overall a long detailed documentary based on his life with plenty of live performances (only parts ) from Bob and his band.
Kevin Macdonald’s Marley is a detailed and engaging account of Bob Marley’s life and career. Documenting his poverty stricken childhood, the creation of The Wailers and up to his untimely death at the age of 36, the documentary attempts to uncover the man behind the legendary image by chronicling every major moment and relationship in his eventful and influential life.
Because of Marley’s iconic status there is a lot of detail in the film that will be familiar to even those with only a passing interest in his career. However, the film is more than just a simple cliffsnotes edition of the man’s life as Macdonald is granted fantastic access to archival footage and an exhaustive array of talking heads…
Robert Nesta Marley is one of the 20th century's most iconic figures. Revered not only by music lovers around the world,but by whole generations of Jamaicans and Africans alike.
As a youngster growing up in Scotland I've got to admit reggae kind of passed me by. There weren't the multi-cultural radio stations that now give us a taste of everything from all over the world. In Scotland we lacked access to a lot of "world music" and had to be content with Radio Clyde's top forty run-downs or the latest home-grown acts of the time. Inherently racist,Scotland unfortunately never really embraced reggae,certainly not at my school. It took The Police and their "white reggae" to bring the sound to a…
I liked this mostly because of how nostalgic it made me for my childhood. I grew up listening to Bob Marley and reggae music at least once a week with my dad and my brother in the living room. We would dance and play guitar right along with his recordings. I mention this because I was pretty much guaranteed to like this before I ever saw it.
As a documentary, I think it's probably just average. I don't watch a ton of documentaries so I don't have a great frame of reference, but Marley felt almost too comprehensive and formulaic. It's 2.5 hours long and goes through his entire life, even though it was…
I found this documentary very interesting (which is always a good thing for a documentary to be!) I really liked it for the most part; I learnt a lot about a musician I've always liked, listened to, and knew snippets about. I came out of the other end of this documentary with a greater understanding of its subject matter but also feeling entertained too.
The only problem I had with Marley was that it doesn't really go too far into how much of a womanising misogynist he could be at times. It does show that a little bit, the stuff with his wife and daughter is a bit depressing and seems a bit raw/hard for them to talk about for…
A wonderfully informative and honest documentary about the life and love of a true legend. It is somewhat telling that we only get the talking heads of two of his many, many children but as the final twenty minutes hints at, a deep rift drove through the Marley's after Bob's untimely death.
I think the most telling part of this man and his music is that even 32 years after his death, his message has not been diluted. In many respects, through his voice, words and sound, Bob Marley's wish for unification of all people still stands true as people are united through his music.
Having grown up on Bob Marley's songs, this documentary went a long way toward opening my eyes up to the man behind the iconography.
Worth a watch
A brilliant documentary on the life of one of the greatest singer songwriters of the 20th century but Bob Marley was more than that , He was a unifying force around the world , His music brought a social conscience to a troubled world, A must for all music fans
Fantástico documental sobre la primera estrella del tercer mundo.
No es necesario que te guste Marley, ni es necesario que te guste el reggeae, ni siquiera es muy necesario que te guste la música para disfrutar de él.
MacDonald does well to tell such a compelling and insightful story when there must have been so many interested parties trying to rewrite this history. The interview subjects are great - eccentric and wry - and the period footage is wonderful, but in the end the man himself remains a bit of a mystery.
one love, but two and a half hours? dude...
Still prefer Kevin MacDonald in documentary mode and what a subject!
Directed by Kevin MacDonald this documentary features interviews with many people that knew Bob Marley. The life of Bob Marley is tracked from his humble upbringings in Jamaica to his death from cancer at the age of 36.
The documentary does an excellent job of bringing together a wide range of people that knew Marley either as friends, family or people he worked with to give a great insight into his life. What the film does well is put it's subject in a historical context and show how Marley became more than a music artist to the people of Jamaica. There is some great photography of the island of Jamaica as well as good use of archive footage.
Marley is a great reminder that the late, great Bob Marley isn't just background music to get high to. Though he's deserving of a 5+ hour Ken Burns doc, this is one of the most comprehensive documentary treatments of a single musician I've ever seen. At just under 2 1/2 hours, it's too short given the enormity of who Marley was as a performer, a symbol, and a man; however, what we do get in this film—the music, the stories (Marley and Stevie Wonder did a concert together in the 70s??? Are you KIDDING ME?!), the home movies and photos—is so satisfying. It gives Marley a little bit of a pass on his family life but it also reminds fans of the power and quality of Marley's music and his impact on world culture. In short, they just don't make em like him anymore.
Bob Marley kind of explains himself. He's a guy who you want to be bros with. He loves everyone and he understands life better than anyone on the planet, what a great guy. His music is golden and the way it was told in the documentary was quite pleasing. Kevin Macdonald has proven his skills once again.
Project 2013 - Documentary Challenge (16/15)
Obviously I know his music, but that's about it, I'm no fan, but mainly because I just haven't listened to him really. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the documentary I'm still doubtful I'll be rushing out to buy all his music; what I did find though is how much respect I now have for him as a man.
It was an interesting and thoughtful incite into his short life, his music, his beliefs and his fight for one love; not just in Jamaica but the whole world.
The final montage of his image, music and way of life from every corner of the earth showing just what influence Marley had had in such a short time!
Well worth watching!