Bob Marley: “One Love” – Movie Review by Efe Teksoy


Cinema Writer/Film Critic Efe TEKSOY; wrote the biography, drama, and music film “BOB MARLEY: ONE LOVE”, for America’s Los Angeles-based Internet Newspaper @alaturkanews.



Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green,  the biographical musical drama film Bob Marley: One Love is based on the true life of legendary singer Bob Marley, from his rise to fame in the mid-1970s until he died in 1981. The film, which premiered at Carib 5 in Kingston, Jamaica on January 23, 2024, reveals how Bob Marley, who left his mark on the art world with his revolutionary music, became an icon that inspired generations with his messages of love and unity. The film underlines that the legendary musician is a person with weaknesses and troubles like everyone else, but that he is also a pioneer of change who does his best for his loved ones and the world. Reflecting the spirit of Bob Marley, a global superstar who has been engraved in the collective consciousness for more than 50 years with his unique artistic stance, voice, and movements, this production focuses on the most influential reggae musician of all time, as well as his political journey behind his music and peaceful political It also includes messages. Another important detail in the production is that concert scenes were shot using Bob Marley’s original classical pieces. In this way, the audience adapts perfectly to the story with the voice of the legendary artist and captures the spirit of the film.

Stars; Kingsley Ben-Adir, Lashana Lynch, James Norton, Tosin Cole, Umi Myers, Anthony Welsh, Nia Ashi, Aston Barrett Jr., Anna-Sharé Blake, Quan-Dajai Henriques, David Kerr, Hector Roots Lewis, Nadine Marshall, Sheldon Shepherd, Andrae Simpson and Stefan A.D Wade.


With 252 Jamaicans in the cast and crew, this production aims to accurately represent Jamaican culture. The production team, which received the support of the Prime Minister who visited the set, the Ministry of Culture, and many other organizations in Jamaica, emphasizes that having this support behind them is very important for the film. Production team; He filmed at Bull Bay, the beach known locally as Marley Beach because he spent so much time with Bob Marley’s children, and at 56 Hope Road, on the real streets of Trenchtown, at Tuff Gong studios, and at Strawberry Hill.


The striking and eye-catching costume designs of the film bear the signature of costume designer Anna B. Sheppard, the famous costume designer who has been nominated for an Oscar at the Academy Awards 3 times. Sheppard; “There were 80 actors in this movie, and some of them changed costumes 30 times, including stage costumes. We bought 600 costumes in Jamaica just for the extras. It’s a massive project. All the costumes you see on screen are real. It was the pinnacle of wearing denim.” she states.


When it came to concert footage in this film, every aspect of the classic songs could be portrayed realistically as the actors lip-synced and sang along. Director Reinaldo Marcus Green says, “That’s the purpose of surrounding Kingsley with real musicians. These are musicians who toured with Bob Marley and The Wailers, their kids. So they knew all the steps and all the chords. It wasn’t made up. No one was acting. It feels real because it’s real.” David Kerr, for example, plays his father. “David could play the guitar, he wasn’t starting from scratch,” says guitar coach Ben Martinez.  According to David Kerr, in Bob Marley: One Love, audiences will have the “closest experience” to seeing the real band play in front of a crowd of 80,000 on a warm Jamaican night.




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