Marley… and me… and the wee one
April 26, 2012 § Leave a comment
Our little girl fell asleep after 1o m inutes of the “Marley” film (about Bob Marley) at the big scream at the Cameo. Leaving me to contemplate spotty bananna and a bananna squasher (with an important component missing) and a film about Bob Marley, with whom i share birthday (6th February- along with Axl Rose and Ronald Reagan) On the way in i bumped into one of the teachers (Jessie) from Kaimes school where i occasionally do music groups- as there was a contingent from Kaimes in screen 3 watching “The Muppets”.
There are 2 similaries between “The Muppets” and “Marley”. The first is that they are carried by brilliant songs (I have to say Marleys songs are better than the muppets songs- but not funnier) The second is that there is a grown up subtext in each that can be divined by the discerning viewer. “Marley”‘s subtext is loosely veiled. Bob Marley was not a nice bloke by all accounts, however all contributors went to great legnths in the film to say he was a really nice bloke- contradicting the picture their words were painting. Which bought to mind the “Dinsdale” scetch in the original monty python.
He was driven, single minded and made some great music. He associated readily with men of violence, (and he was prone to a bit himself on occasion) and was epicly unfaithful to Mrs Marley. However he wrote some genuinely brilliant music and “Redemption song” always makes me feel emotional.
If you look at where he came from theres no doubting his achievement- and its not him that i have any issue with- its the odd hagiography that Kevin Macdonald presents with the close involvment from Island records- which explains partly a tone which is often contradictory of the information presented.
When our little girl woke up she really dug the bass on “Small Axe” and of course “Three Little Birds”- obviously Ziggy Marley is a contributor (and executive producer), he provided the voise of Ernie, a rastafarian sea ceature in kids (heavily scorcese influenced) CGI adventure “A Sharks Tale”. Which also features “Three Little Birds” in its soundtrack. Scorcese was the original director of “Marley”but droppped out for one reason or other.
I got the Bannana mashed without the aforemenioned component and Erin ate it (the bannana). I then gave her a bottle of milk, by the time she had finished it the next film screening was about to begin.
Credit to the man who was tidying up afterwards- he didnt say a thing and we could have watched the film again free of charge.
Instead we went to the ECA canteen for lunch where Stephen Fry and his production company were filming Ian Rankins “Doors Open”- (not in the canteen but somewhere in the basement of the main building of the Art college) I realised I forgot to take my leftover cheesey pasta with me- nevermind.