This list is an edited version of this much larger year in review list with only those films I have…
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
Muy buena recopilación y muy completo documental.
A solid documentary.
Showed him not just as an icon, but as a man, faults and all.
Found out A LOT of things I never knew about Robert Marley, and a lot of stuff that I wish I didn’t know about him, because honestly they will always alter my perception of him now.
Check it out, definite must see if you’re at all interested in the man and his music, or just like a good documentary.
I felt like I was listening to a Wikipedia entry - Marley's charm had been sucked out of this documentary.
A masterclass in non-fiction filmmaking. I was riveted and I don't even like reggae. But it's not about the music, this is a film about the flawed man behind the legend. Stupendous.
Such a great look into the life of an iconic figure that goes far beyond the music. This movie really gives you a vision of Marley's life, what shaped it, and how he shaped the world. You really understand Jamaica on a deeper level, and understand what motivated Marley. There are so many compelling aspects to this story: how he grew up as an outsider, his religious side, his complicated relationships with women and his children, his political power. He was much more than just a singer--he represented a way of life to people, and it is truly an inspiring story.
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.
- The Act of Killing
- The Ascent
- The White Meadows
- The Master
- The Music Room
- Cruel Intentions
- Griff the Invisible
- Killing Them Softly
- My Left Foot
- 5 Broken Cameras
- 7 Plus Seven
- 9/11: The Falling Man
- 97% Owned
- 102 Minutes That Changed America
Because watching a documentary is a much easier way to take in information than reading a book.