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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 1.5 out of 4 Paws

Bob Marley: One Love

Paramount Pictures, Plan B Entertainment and Tuff Gong Pictures present a PG-13, 104-minute, Biography, Music, Drama, directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, written by Terence Winter, Frank E. Flowers and Zach Baylin with a theater release date of February 14, 2024.

The movie follows Bob Marley (Kingsley Ben-Adir) in 1976 during a time when Jamaica was at civil war with fighting in the streets. Bob not only worried about his children but his wife Rita (Lashana Lynch) as well, fearing that harm may come to them in their hometown of Kingston. Bob and his band members were planning to bring his music to the people of Jamaica as a way to hopefully heal and understand that fighting and hatred is not the answer. They developed a concert to take place for the people and since Bob’s music was always full of message’s he hoped that maybe he can make a difference.

When his wife, he and his manager were shot in their own home he decided to expand his message of one love to the world. As his popularity grew Bob traveled the world putting on concert venues from London to Sweden. Living the life of a celebrity was not the most importance to Bob but his messages of peace and understanding in his music were. Trouble broke out in his relationship with Rita and some others but the one hurdle Bob was faced with and knew he could not beat was when he got diagnosed with cancer. Yet in a span of just a couple of years Bob continued to write music, sing and dance with hopes of making the world a better place for everyone.

I thought the story was poorly written and seemed to jump around way to much with way to many flashbacks of when Bob was young and met young Rita (Nia Ashi). I found myself getting bored with the story but also because half the time I could not understand Bob’s accent which by the way was stronger at times and not so much at other times. I thought the direction was pretty well done but it was marred by the holes in the writing.

I enjoyed the music at times but as much as I wanted to like Ben-Adir as Marley I found him so so. Lynch who played his wife was amazing as far as I am concerned and when she entered the scene it lifted the moment in the story. The rest of the cast was purposeful to the story but they too were just ok. If only they focused a bit more on the reason for the war and how it was affecting the people of Jamaica and their stories tied in with that of Bob, I think I would have enjoyed more of why he was trying to make a difference. I do like Jamaican music but I felt that it was too much of the focus rather than what made Bob fight to make change. There was some focus on one animal in the story and that was the horse in which his father rode through the flames.

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