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Marwen is one of last years oddest films, Mark Hogancamp who a year before the film begins was terribly beaten in a hate crime has internalized his fears to the point of creating another life via a WWII camp in Belgium. The usually winning Steve Carell helms as Mark who has seemingly forgotten his entire life before these brutal attacks. The dolls in the film are not just ‘played’ with by Mark, like a 3 year old, but actually come alive, this is a Robert Zemeckis movie so you begin to realize that this makes sense as he is one who knows what a fantasy film looks like if not how one is directed. One assumes that on paper, and Mr. Zemeckis did write the screenplay, that this film may have ‘looked’ like a good idea, but as a film the result is not a good one. The film opens with the dolls, yes like Barbie dolls, moving and talking, it’s a good ten minutes into the film before the ‘real life’ part of the film starts, by that time the viewer is really wondering what all this is. The answer is really rather ‘creepy’ as people like to say these days. Mark lives in what looks like a fairly small town and as his actual life comes to the fore, we see a man who is seriously within his own orbit. He’s actually an accomplished artist, or was, before the assault as he’s lost his memory, into all this comes a number of townspeople, and the trial of 5 men who his lawyer says needs his presence in court to lock them away for a long time. Some of the odd things about Mark is that he owns over 250 pairs of women’s shoes, this he doesn’t remember either, but his closet is full of them. Just about every grueling thought of Mark’s is handled by himself and 5 female dolls in the phony Belgium WWII town that he has created in his backyard. Which in effect makes Mark’s pain seem unimportant as the dolls are just, well dolls.
4.5 Out Of 10
Mr. Zemeckis is usually a very reliable talent, one can be sure, but here, in Marwen his is a misfire of extravagant proportions.
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