Steve Carell in First Trailer for Robert Zemeckis' 'Welcome to Marwen'
"Everyone has a place here in Marwen." Universal has finally debuted an official trailer for the new Robert Zemeckis movie, titled Welcome to Marwen, starring Steve Carell as a man who finds solace in WWII miniatures. This film has gone under a number of different titles - Marwencol, The Women of Marwen - but they've settled on Welcome to Marwen. It's a true story, and many of you may have seen the documentary about Mark Hogancamp already. Carell plays Mark, a victim of an attack who finds a unique and beautiful therapeutic outlet to help him through his recovery process. The cast includes Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Merritt Wever, Janelle Monáe, Eiza González, Gwendolyn Christie, Leslie Zemeckis, and Neil Jackson. "In a bold, wondrous and timely film from this revolutionary pioneer of contemporary cinema, Welcome to Marwen shows that when your only weapon is your imagination… you'll find courage in the most unexpected place." This looks quite good, I'm looking forward to watching it. Get a first look below.
Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Robert Zemeckis' Welcome to Marwen, direct from YouTube:
Welcome to Marwen tells the miraculous true story of one broken man's fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human spirit. When a devastating attack shatters Mark Hogancamp (Carell) and wipes away all memories, no one expected recovery. Putting together pieces from his old and new life, Mark meticulously creates a wondrous town where he can heal and be heroic. As he builds an astonishing art installation—a testament to the most powerful women he knows—through his fantasy world, he draws strength to triumph in the real one. Welcome to Marwen is directed by iconic American filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, director of many films including Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Contact, Cast Away, Forrest Gump, The Polar Express, Beowulf, Flight, The Walk, and Allied. The screenplay is written by Caroline Thompson and Robert Zemeckis, based on the true story of Mark Hogancamp. Universal will release Zemeckis' Welcome to Marwen in theaters starting December 21st late this fall. First impression?
As an avid fan of action figure photography and good stories, this looked great...until I saw the whole friggin movie in the trailer. Once again, ham-fisted Hollywood takes an inspirational story and beats it into the ground with an over dramatic and hugely exaggerated vision. I really like Steve Carrell, but Zemeckis, while an effects visionary, seems to focus more on style rather than substance. I'd rather have a Netflix documentary for Mark Hogancamp by the folks who did Wild Wild Country rather than this "based on a true story" bs.
THE_RAW_ on Jun 20, 2018
Woah! Where did THIS come from?? This will be a major come-back for Zemeckis, I hope. Looks fantastic. (Janelle Monae is a living doll herself, so that's some perfect casting...)
kitano0 on Jun 20, 2018
Gives me vibes of THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY.
DAVIDPD on Jun 20, 2018
I have to agree with you. It has a kids movie aesthetic, but it's not really appropriate for children. I think Zemeckis's Polar Express look to the film was not the right approach.
A Focus Group Film on Jun 21, 2018
And yet another misstep for Zemeckis.
Seboso on Jun 23, 2018
I always thought that Zemeckis is making strange films. Never liked Forrest Gump and Cast Away was somehow a mediocre story for me. This is also weird in some way, I just can't define in what. On the other side, it has also some weird charm which won't make this an essential viewing, but it might fill some empty night (although, competition for such films is getting stronger and stronger every day) ...
shiboleth on Jun 26, 2018
The interesting thing is this is sort of a modern update to his film school Vietnam comedy short film. Looks fun!
ff on Jun 27, 2018
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