Run time: 104 mins
In his short life, Bob Marley achieved a huge amount. He ushered reggae music into the mainstream, sold over 75 million albums, became an iconic, global megastar, and spread a message of peace and unity.
He died at just 36, at the peak of his fame. He’s ripe for a biopic, and he gets a very respectful but safe one. Kingsley Ben-Adir plays Marley, who at the height of his mid-70s celebrity finds himself in the middle of a gang war in Jamaica and survives an attempted murder in his family home. Marley has to get away from danger for a while so he finds himself, with great historical irony, back in the mother country: rainy and racist Britain, where bigotry also extends to some of the punks. And it is here that he and the Wailers record their vinyl masterpiece Exodus, and play an iconic gig at the Rainbow theatre in London’s Finsbury Park in 1977.
Whilst it does pull its punches, the care and attention to the visuals, coupled with his infectious music, will make you get up, stand up.