Blu-Ray Review – Welcome To Marwen

The story of Mark Hogencamp is a heartbreaking tale of a man who was beaten up savagely for being different and managing to find something of note with his life after suffering a traumatic brain injury. It was told beautifully in Marwencol, a documentary about how he went from a man with a TBI trying to find his place to a world class photographer who finds his meaning with pictures from his recreation of a bombed out Belgian city in World War II.

Welcome to Marwen is a fictionalized version of this trying to find a grander meaning to Hogencamp. Simple premise: we follow Mark in the lead up to his confrontation with his attackers while exploring his world. We see animated versions of Mark and his friends via dolls in a World War II style cosplay he uses for his photography.

If you want to really explore Hogencamp this isn’t the right film. Do yourself a favor and track down Marwencol, which is a heartbreaking documentary about a man who’s had to put the pieces back together after being horrifically broken. This is just a dramatization and you don’t learn anything that isn’t explored better elsewhere.

A handful of EPK pieces are included.

Universal presents Welcome to Marwen. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Written by Robert Zemeckis and Caroline Thompson. Starring Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger. Run Time: 116 minutes. Rated PG-13. Released on DVD: 4.9.19