When it comes to Robert Zemeckis, there seems to be two different types of film lovers.
There are those who feels that, as a director, Zemeckis makes films where relatively thin and sentimental stories are used as an excuse to show what he can do with CGI.
And then there are those of us who love Zemeckis’s brand of sincere, effects-driven storytelling. I was in tears by the end of The Walk and, as much as I tried to resist, the trailer for Welcome to Marwen brought tears to my mismatched eyes as well.
Of course, it helps to know something about the true story that this film is based on. Welcome to Marwen was inspired by a documentary called Marwencol. Here’s the description of Marwencol‘s plot, which I lifted from Wikipedia because I’m lazy:
On April 8, 2000, Mark Hogancamp was attacked outside of a bar by five men who beat him nearly to death. After nine days in a coma and forty days in the hospital, Mark was discharged with brain damage that left him little memory of his previous life. Unable to afford therapy, Mark creates his own by building a 1/6-scale World War II-era Belgian town in his yard and populating it with dolls representing himself, his friends, and even his attackers. He calls that town “Marwencol,” a portmanteau of the names “Mark,” “Wendy” and “Colleen.”
Mark was initially discovered by photographer David Naugle, who documented and shared his story with Esopus magazine and then his work was shown in a New York art gallery. But having the label of “art” applied to his intensely personal work forces Mark to make a choice between the safety of his fictional town and the real world he’s avoided since his attack.
It’s hard to think of any actor that embodies wounded humanity quite as well as Steve Carell. (You even felt kinda sorry for him in Foxcatcher.) Welcome to Marwen (which was originally announced as The Women of Marwen) has been mentioned as one of two Oscar contenders featuring Steve Carell, the other being Beautiful Boy.
Here’s the trailer: