Black History Month Selection

Bob Marley:

One Love

February 23 – 27

7 pm nightly
1:30 pm Sunday Matinee

2024 — Musical/Drama
PG — 1 hr 44 min

Bob Marley: One Love celebrates the life and music of an icon who inspired generations through his message of love and unity. The film opens in 1976, when Bob Marley (Kingsley Ben-Adir), lean and majestic in his bouncing dreadlocks, heading toward the height of his fame, is getting ready to play a peace concert in Kingston. The Jamaica we see is a war-torn mess — a morass of post-colonial chaos, with rival political parties and gang leaders fighting for turf. Before the concert, a pair of gunmen break into his compound, where they shoot his wife, Rita (Lashana Lynch), in the car and attempt to assassinate Marley.

Covering this crucial period in the late 1970s near the end of the influential reggae musician’s life, Bob Marley: One Love looks to define the man behind the legend. Kingsley Ben-Adir plays Marley as he survives the assassination attempt and leaves Kingston for London to clear his head and recharge his creative batteries, eventually creating his most beloved album, Exodus. King Richard director Reinaldo Marcus Green resists the typical, unwieldy cradle-to-grave biopic narrative approach.

On the big screen for the first time, we discover Bob’s powerful story of overcoming adversity and the journey behind his revolutionary music. The decision to focus on a singular period in the life of Bob Marley pays off greatly, resulting in a film that’s well paced. Its narrative styling of events creates just enough drama to be captivating, without losing its sense of authenticity. From the moment you first see him, Kingsley Ben-Adir inhabits Marley with the finesse of a movie-star showman. Ben-Adir studied dozens of hours of tapes of Marley to nail every nuance of his patois –  you feel Marley come alive as a presence.

Directed by:
Reinaldo Marcus Green

Cast:
Kingsley Ben-Adir as Marley, alongside Lashana Lynch as Rita Marley, and James Norton as Chris Blackwell.