Welcome to Marwen

Welcome to Marwen

(2018)

Blending animation with live-action, the latest film from Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) stars Steve Carell as Mark Hogancamp, the real-life victim of an awful assault who built a scale-model world as a therapeutic outlet for his brain injury. Hogancamp was the subject of 2010 documentary Marwencol.

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  • The story's knotty aspects reverberate under its sentimental-cum-inspirational surface. In the guise of a glossy entertainment, Welcome to Marwen gets at some unnervingly irresolvable truths about humanity. Full Review

  • The remarkable career of artist and photographer Mark Hogancamp has been turned into an elaborate and misjudged movie of baffling pass-agg ickiness and pointlessness. Full Review

  • The film is far from incompetent, and it brims with ambition, but too much of the time what's happening just sits there. Full Review

  • A genuine oddity, Welcome To Marwen may not hit the emotional highs but mixes high-concept fun with a sincere attempt to describe trauma in an original visceral way. Full Review

  • There is not much in this movie that feels authentic or fully realised, but its very strangeness makes it hard to forget or dismiss. Full Review

  • You may be repelled, in the moment, by its oil-and-water mix of tortured sentimentality and creepy puppet play. You might also find it damnably hard to shake. Full Review

  • This true story from director Zemeckis, about a hate-crime victim trying to heal himself through puppet art, isn't hack work; there are ideas buried beneath its high-gloss surface and relentless uplift. But good luck trying to dig them out. Full Review

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