– by Joseph Jammer Medina

I’m a sucker for films that take us into the imagination of our main characters. It’s one of the reasons why I’m one of the few people who loves (and regularly watches) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a film that walked us through a pivotal point in a middle-aged man’s life. With Robert Zemeckis’ next offering, Welcome to Marwen, we get some of that same flavor dialed up to 11.

The reason? We aren’t just dealing with a middle-aged man here, but a man who has gone through real physical and mental trauma, and uses his hand-crafted world as a means to cope with it. In true Zemeckis style, this isn’t going to be a standard drama, but one where we’ll get to see this world actually come to life, and it’s there that the emotions and thrills really start to come.

As someone who wasn’t sold on the concept (because it sounded depressing as hell), I found myself smiling quite a bit during the trailer, enjoying the approach taken to tell the story.

Below is the official synopsis for Welcome to Marwen:

“When a devastating attack shatters Mark Hogancamp (Carell) and wipes away all memories, no one expected recovery. Putting together pieces from his old and new life, Mark meticulously creates a wondrous town where he can heal and be heroic. As he builds an astonishing art installation—a testament to the most powerful women he knows—through his fantasy world, he draws strength to triumph in the real one.

In a bold, wondrous and timely film from this revolutionary pioneer of contemporary cinema, Welcome to Marwen shows that when your only weapon is your imagination…you’ll find courage in the most unexpected place.”

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SOURCE: Universal Pictures

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.