I rated “Welcome to Marwen” 10/10!
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This is a heartfelt story of rising up from the depths of despair. The true life story of Mark Hogencamp having been beaten to an inch of his life by five white supremacists is a testament of one man’s defeat of mental anguish and the overcoming of physical pain and suffering caused by the hands of others.
Welcome to Marwen dramatizes how Mark dealt with the emotional recovery from his horrific attack as he photographs fashion dolls in and around a model village he named Marwen. In this portrayal of his life, we learn through Mark’s elaborate fantasies, what happened to him and how he has come to deal with it. We cleverly learn bit by bit as the fantasies unfold and we see Mark in his daily routines.
The story was creatively told flashing between vignettes of the dolls as they appear to come to life to symbolize various aspects of his fight and then back to reality where we meet the people who symbolize Mark's dolls - his town friends are the women of Marwen and the Nazi dolls represent his attackers. The doll sequences, although campy, are meant to express meaning and tie in to Mark's emotion.
Zemeckis's artistic expression in this movie are likening to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty where the symbolic images and movements express Mark Hogencamp's true emotions and state of mind. We need more movies like this. I thoroughly enjoyed the emotional rollercoaster that played out through the story. It touches on so many levels.
I would definitely watch this movie again!