So as I mentioned in my look ahead to 2019 article, one of the films that I was most excited about seeing this year was Welcome to Marwen, and just recently I went to the cinema to check it out, and here are my thoughts.
I have to start off by saying that I personally love this film, I know that critics aren’t particularly warming to it exactly, but I found that it really struck a cord with me. I personally think it hangs on a scene that takes place early on in the film, where it’s the Witch of Marwen that I think it’s referred to appears. I think that scene in particular is one where you’re either going to watch it and accept this film for what it is, or it’s not going to work for you and you’re not going to enjoy it. For me, I personally interpreted it as this village is something that Mark Hogancamp utilises in order to deal with his trauma, so anything can really happen within the confines of this world really, because it’s his creation and it’s all taking place within his mind.
Similarly, in reflection to that I thought the end scene where Hogie banishes the Witch from Marwen, I interpreted that as Mark Hogancamp being able to let go of his trauma at that point, because he even says when he’s in that court room that his attackers can’t hurt him any more, so that’s how I interpreted those parts of the film.
In between all that however, I thought that one of the biggest aspects about the film that really stood out to me, was the lead actor in the form of Steve Carell as Mark Hogancamp. I personally thought he was great in this film. I found it to be one of those moments where an actor manages to inhabit a character so well, that you pretty much only see the character that they’re playing and not the actor underneath. I also thought he managed to portray the character really well in terms of making him a really soft and gentle character, as I found myself really sympathising with him throughout. Especially by the end, I thought the film reached a really heart-warming conclusion as he was able to let go of his trauma and be happy and feel safe and comfortable in the life that he now leads, all in all he got a big thumbs up from me.
I think on the subject of that heart-warming ending, that leads me on very nicely to why this film really struck a cord with me, and I think it’s because it feels somewhat personal for me due to being able to relate to his story to a degree. Thankfully, I’ve never suffered a brutal attack in the way that Mark Hogancamp did, but I did find that certain events in his life are very interchangeable with my own, to the point where my story doesn’t feel all that dissimilar from his in a way.
And I guess that leads me on very nicely to the themes that run throughout this film, because I think much like Green Book that I reviewed last week, this feels like a very timely film in today’s age due to the central theme of allowing yourself to be whoever you want to be and not being afraid to be different, which again is probably another reason why this film has struck such a cord with me because I left the cinema feeling my heart warmed to the knowledge that it’s okay to be who I am and to just do my own thing really, much like Mark Hogancamp does himself I think, and it’s safe to say that’s a very positive message to send out to people indeed.
And I think that’s a very fitting place to end this review, I do very much hope that you enjoyed it, if you did then please do be sure to give it a like as I really appreciate it. And if you have any thoughts that you wish to share on this film, then please do be sure to leave them down in the comments section below as I would love to hear from you. But apart from that until next time, thanks for reading.