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Marley was directed by the gifted Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), who shows off his chops not by doing anything dazzling - the film is documentary prose, not poetry - but by treating Marley as a man of depth and nuance, of inner light and shadow.
Marley is sure to become the definitive documentary on the much beloved king of reggae.
Sprinkled with riffs, concert footage and home videos, the family-authorized documentary does what the artist usually did: When in doubt, return to the beat.
Marley, an ambitious and comprehensive film, does what is probably the best possible job of documenting an important life.
It all flows from the shum. The man's musical and political influence was no illusion.
By the end you feel you've learned something about the man, yet his mystique emerges intact.
The director, Kevin Macdonald, searches for clarity amid the contradictions of Marley's life and reaches no conclusions, but that's a tribute to his subject's complexity in a film of fascinating too-muchness.
Though the course of the movie, viewers learns a lot about the star's generosity, sense of justice and power in Jamaica, but also about his naivete.
Stylistically unremarkable, playing it safe with structure, the film is still quietly revelatory.
Marley celebrates the fact that its subject is still among us in the way that perhaps matters most: His music not only survives, it thrives.
There is no diverting from strict chronology, no point the documentary wants to make that requires moving forward and back through time. It just inches ahead, one year to another, sometimes one day to another. By the middle, each time a year changes, it's a relief.

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