Marley – ***

Posted: September 13, 2012 in 2012, biopic, Documentary, UK, XXX

Back in the eighties I didn’t get reggae at all. I loved ska (Madness), but reggae was too slow. Lately however, I’ve come to appreciate the original reggae roots a bit more as they have been very influential for all the dancehall, reggaeton, baile funk, latin hiphop and moombathon I do listen to. Still, Bob Marley isn’t my thing. ‘One Love’, ‘I Shot The Sheriff’, ‘No Woman No Cry’, ‘Get Up, Stand Up’. BORING!!! However, everyone knows these songs. These songs may be even more universally known than anything by the Beatles or Michael Jackson.

So who was this Bob Marley? And why is everyone raving about this new documentary?

Reasons enough to watch ‘Marley’, a very compelling account of the beginnings, success and end of one of the worlds most iconic musicians. I really enjoyed this documentary. It was a very neutral and clear introduction to the man’s life with a very personal touch and a lot of vintage material (without spinning them out too long). The movie informed and entertained and was never tedious. It left me wanting to know more about the man though, but that’s a positive thing. In fact, now that I appreciate the man a bit more, I may appreciate his music a bit more too. I’m ready to rush to the library and rent his back catalogue.

Watch it and Love it!


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