Love, peace, music : ‘Bob Marely: One Love’

By Kayla Holguin

“Bob Marley: One Love” is  an authentic and entertaining movie that captures the eventful life of Bob Marley.

Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, the film dives into the life of the famous Jamaican singer Bob Marley, who rose to fame in the 1970s.

The movie spotlights the fame Bob Marley, played by Kingsley Ben-Adir, attracts during the Jamaican political conflict.

In order to put a stop to rising tension affecting Jamaicans, Marley announces a concert to promote peace.

The rest of the movie covers soul-touching performances Bob Marley and the Wailers performed all over the world, Marley’s connection with his family members and his influential image that was built and shaped in the ‘70s to ‘80s.

The film captures the struggles of Bob Marley’s life as it was not all peace and love.

An attempted asssasination, dealing with the music industry and his fight with a rare skin cancer disease.

The beginning of the movie is a bit fast-paced, with scenes often switching between what Marley is doing during a specific part in his life to flashbacks from when he was a child.

Though the actors did a great job recreating the authenticity of the Jamaican accents, it is a bit difficult to understand exactly what they are saying at times.

The film begins to click once the audience had more context as to what is going on.

Plan B Entertainment did a wonderful job at keeping the concert scenes authentic and vivid.

The audio and visuals are beautifully executed.

These moments provide an experience like at a concert in person.

The walls of the theater buzz from the bass of the music.

It fills the room with calm, beach vibes as Marley perfectly captures the essence of reggae music itself.

It was obvious Ben – Adir put in the effort in analyzing Marley’s personality.

He displayed an admirable performance of Marley. He nails his exact mannerisms and characteristics.

The overall message of the story is inscribed in each and every one of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ songs.

Peace, love and serenity is the whole inspiration of their discography, and their purpose is to spread this positivity all over the world.

Marley is a symbol of tranquility, and he makes sure his messages make themselves clear for society, as well as for future generations.

A few songs included from Bob Marley’s discography that were in the film are “No Woman, No Cry,” “Is This Love,” and “One Love.”

All are perfect examples of what Marley and his band members practiced and preached throughout the band’s era of music.

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