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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Comprehensive docu on iconic reggae musician.

Movie PG-13 2012 145 minutes
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Marley is a comprehensive and ultimately moving documentary of the man who is still -- several decades after his death -- the face most associated with reggae music. What emerges from the interview footage with those who knew him best and the video footage of Bob Marley and the Wailers concerts is a man inspired to use his music as a way to spread peace throughout the world, and to raise awareness of the plight of the Third World.

News footage of Jamaica's independence in 1962, of Haile Selassie (considered to be a god to Rastafarians) arriving in Jamaica, and the civil unrest throughout Jamaica during the 1970s provides the context for Marley's concerns as expressed in his songs and his concerts. For those with only a familiarity with Bob Marley songs and a bare bones idea of Jamaican culture, you can expect to learn many things about the ups and downs in Marley's life as he became an international superstar before his life ended much too soon. Simply put: It is an informative and inspiring tribute to a beloved artist.

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