BOB MARLEY: ONE LOVE – A Review by John Strange

BOB MARLEY: ONE LOVE – A Review by John Strange

Bob Marley is a legend in the music world.  With his band, the Wailers, Bob made reggae music something the world listened to.

This is an honest film that shows the bad as well as the good parts of the artist’s life.  Bob’s son, Ziggy, was a producer on the film.  At the beginning of the film, Ziggy appears on the screen welcoming the audience and letting us know that he was on set every day to ensure that the film remained true to the reality of his father’s life.

Born into a life with little opportunity to better himself in the poor part of the island of Jamaica, the young man turned his music into a career that took him around the world.  His life, as depicted by this film, was happy because his attitude toward life made it so.

There are a few items in the life of Bob Marley that unsettled me.  Probably because I didn’t have the life experiences required to truly understand them.  His views on life were based on his early life and his religion both of which were very different than mine.  They led him to live his life as he did.

I love documentaries and this type of drama because they DO sometimes unsettle or even disturb me because they show me a world I have not experienced before.  Bob Marley: One Love is an excellent example of this type of film.  I learned about an artist whose music I admire though parts of his life made me very sad.


Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green

Cast: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Lashana Lynch, James Norton, Tosin Cole, Umi Myers, Anthony Welsh, Nia Ashi, Aston Barrett Jr., Anna-Sharé Blake, Gawaine “J-Summa” Campbell, Naomi Cowan, Alexx A-Game, Michael Gandolfini, Quan-Dajai Henriques, David Kerr, Hector Roots Lewis, Abijah “Naki Wailer” Livingston, Nadine Marshall, Sheldon Shepherd, Andrae Simpson, Stefan A.D Wade

MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for marijuana use and smoking throughout, some violence and brief strong language)

Selig Rating: 4.5 Stars

Runtime: 104 Min.

Release Date: 02/14/2024

Language: English

Trailer: BOB MARLEY: ONE LOVE Official Trailer


The Selig Rating Scale:

5 Stars – Excellent movie/show, well worth the time and price.

4 Stars – Good movie/show

3 Stars – OK movie/show

2 Stars – Well, there was nothing else…

1 Star – Total waste of time.

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