On April 8, 2000, aspiring artist Mark Hogancamp (Steve Carell) became a victim of a violent assault when five men beat him up and left him for dead. Following the attack, Mark was left with little to no memory of his previous life due to brain damage inflicted by his attackers. In a desperate attempt to regain his memories, Hogancamp constructs a miniature World War II village called Marwen in his yard to help in his recovery. Unfortunately, Mark's demons come back to haunt him when he's asked to testify against the five men that attacked him..
Written by Jackson Lee Benge, Jarrad Shain
Performed by Hed P.E. (as Hed PE)
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Doesn't Feel Complete
It's probably necessary to watch the documentary about this story before watching Welcome to Marwen. So much is left out and/or incorrect that it makes the plot feel strange. I also feel like the story is told in a way that makes people less sympathetic for Mark. The movie focuses so much on awkward sexual things about Mark's art or life that it kind of paints him out to be a pervert. His obsession with women's shoes and their "essence" also seems incorrect. I'm also not fond of making his addiction into a doll and having that doll be the villain. Overall, Welcome to Marwen isn't a great movie. Steve Carell does a great job, but everything else is really just lackluster. I really had high hopes this could be up for an Academy Award, but I don't think that's going to happen now.
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