I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I headed to the theater to see “Welcome to Marwen.” The trailers didn’t make it very clear what kind of film this was going to be. So let me lay it out for those who are also wondering.
The main character enjoys wearing women’s shoes. He is straight, this is made clear nearly to the point of perversion. He collects women’s shoes and enjoys them, especially if they have a high heel. He got drunk one night and made some comments about it in a bar, this earned him an ass beating by a group that thought he was weird and deserved to die or something. He suffered a lot of physical and mental damage from the attack. All of his memories prior to the event are gone, and weirdly we don’t hear of any family reaching out to him. So he’s just completely alone. He used to be an artist, based off some comics he found in his house. But he can’t draw anymore, so he uses dolls and takes photos of them. But his relationship with the dolls is taken to an excessive degree. He can’t leave the house without them. And on a creepy note, each doll is based on a person he knows in real life.
I’m not sure why so many people are okay with this. It does make for a few a funny moments, like, “What happened to my doll’s top?” An example of the man’s pervert nature, I guess this unavoidable when its a grown man playing with dolls, their clothes are gonna come off. Its pretty easy to predict the plot, once you figure out what’s actually going on.
The movie does jerk you around emotionally, and it is easy to root for the main character, despite his flaws. Its a nice touch that this is based on real life events. The animation of the dolls is done very well, and overall this is an okay movie. But, its odd enough that I doubt it will do well. I can’t really think of an audience this film is well suited for. Like, if you enjoyed such-and-such type movies, then you’ll love this, cause this is really in a realm all its own. Its a war movie, a guy recovering from being attacked, dealing with drug addiction, playing with dolls, its all over the place. And its a lot darker than most comedies are willing to go.
So overall, see it at your own risk. It’ll be hit or miss if you’ll enjoy it.