Welcome to Marwen, 6.42/10, is the story of how a man was brutally attacked – to a life-threatening point – for being different and his battle with dealing with the trauma that followed. Based on the true events that occurred to Mark Hogancamp (played by Steve Carrell), director Robert Zemeckis has allowed the audience to see through the eyes and camera lens of Hogan to the town of Marwen.
Welcome to Marwen is a film of two halves: you have the live action side with Mark Hogancamp dealing with PTSD and the looming court date to prosecute the vile humans that attacked him. Yet on the other, an animated plot that occurs in the town of Marwen/the mind of Hogancamp. Hoogie and his comrades – a group of extraordinary, trail-blazing, gun-firing women, that represent the women that aid him in real life – are in constant battle with a group of World War II Nazis.
Conceptually, I loved the idea of this movie from the moment I saw the trailer. The animation style was playful in parts but also heart-wrenching in others which cleverly gave the audience an insight into the mind of a remarkable man. Although the characters are fictional, you buy into their presence just as much as Mark does. We are able to see how the women around him aided his resilience to overcome his awfully daunting situ. One flaw that was really detrimental to this film – and surprised me being directed by Zemeckis – was too many unanswered plot holes and a lot of characters that weren’t given enough back ground information. For example, out of the women one we meet once, one is showed through a flash back, another we never truly find out who or what the connection was to Mark before or after the incident. Now whether this was intentional or happened in the post edit, I don’t know but it just didn’t feel entirely finished. I don’t want to end on a dull note as I really did enjoy this film but sadly, it wasn’t what I had envisaged before hand. So to bring this back up to a positive, I will close by saying Steve Carell has yet again delivered a performance that gives justice to a horrifying event. The audience feels every bit of pain and struggle that he goes through. I urge you to see this movie for yourself and let me know your thoughts on it.