WELCOME to MARWEN Review — These Living Dolls Do Not Endear

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Welcome to Marwen Review — Robert Zemeckis’ latest looks like it was intended to be a Forrest Gump for this generation, but it’s no box of chocolates.

Welcome to Marwen reviewBefore you read this Welcome to Marwen review, stop everything and take a look at the trailer. I’ve conveniently provided it for you here:

Doesn’t it look just a little bit confusing, a little bit cluttered, a little bit, dare I say it? Creepy? Welcome to Marwen is all those things…and less.

Like Forrest Gump, it’s the story of a simple and unusual man striving to find his own way in a judgmental world. Unlike Forrest Gump, the protagonist, played by Steve Carell, uses high heels, porn, Nazis and Barbie-like dolls in bustiers, among other unique devices, to work through his issues. Even if it’s based on real life occurrences, that’s a little too far out there to endear most of us to the story.

It’s based on the life of photographer Mark Hogancamp, who was a successful artist until he was beaten within an inch of his life by a group of thuggish young men, simply because he had a penchant for wearing high heels.

The beating left him physically and mentally damaged, and he inventively creates a world of dolls that represent the people in his life, most of them sexy versions of the females. He bases them in a town called “Marwen,” and photographs them in various situations that help him make sense of his new world. His photography goes on to become a worldwide hit.

It may be the stuff of a fascinating documentary, but dramatizing it and putting a twee score behind it, as if it were a heartwarming tale about the guy next door, just doesn’t work.

Rated PG-13

1 Hour 56 Minutes

If, after reading this Welcome to Marwen review you still want to see it, get times and tickets at Fandango.com.


Welcome to Marwen Review — Robert Zemeckis’ latest looks like it was intended to be a Forrest Gump for this generation, but it’s no box of chocolates.



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Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and seen on Rotten Tomatoes. She is the author of three bestselling books, and spends as much of her free time as possible with her husband Jim and her jolly therapy Labradoodle Frankie Feldman.


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