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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

Bob Marley: One Love (2024) - A Story of Music, Message, and Marley

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars)

Released 02-14-2024

Watched 02-14-2024

Reviewed 02-15-2024

Watched in the theater Using Cinemark Movie Club 

"Not everyone likes what you’re saying. For your own safety, you need to stop."

"Bob Marley: One Love" endeavors to capture the essence of the reggae legend's life and music, focusing on a pivotal period from 1976 to 1981. Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, the film stars Kingsley Ben-Adir, who brings a commendable depth to the role of Marley, with Lashana Lynch and James Norton providing strong support as Rita Marley and Chris Blackwell, respectively.

The film shines in moments where it delves into Marley's message of love and unity, presenting a narrative that is both inspiring and moving. The portrayal of Bob Marley's journey, his struggle against adversity, and his dedication to spreading a message of peace through music are the film's strongest points. However, the movie's focus on a brief five-year span of Marley's career leaves one wanting a more comprehensive exploration of his life. Important aspects such as Marley's early years, his rise to stardom, and the full extent of his cultural impact are only briefly touched upon, leaving a gap in what could have been a richer narrative.

The musical elements of "One Love" are enjoyable but fall short of creating the immersive concert experience some might expect from a film about a musical icon. While the soundtrack features some of Marley's beloved tracks, the film does not fully leverage this aspect to bring his music to life on the big screen.

Additionally, the heavy accents present a significant barrier to understanding, which might detract from the viewing experience for some audiences. This issue could have been mitigated by more careful attention to clarity in dialogue delivery.

In summary, "Bob Marley: One Love" is a heartfelt tribute that offers glimpses into the life of a musical legend, but it doesn't quite hit all the right notes. It's worth a watch for fans and those interested in Marley's influence on music and culture, but it might be best enjoyed at home with subtitles to ensure none of the powerful messages are lost.


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