Movie/TV recommendations in Movies & Television Posted January 8, 2019 Welcome to Marwen seemed like it could be an interesting movie, and though it's definitely 'weird', with all the CGI puppets, the film veers way too much into facile sentiment near the end to be effective. The juxtaposition of the idealized CGI puppet world and the real world where Mark has to deal with reality could've made for interesting stuff. There's one scene where his imagined proposal to his neighbor goes horribly wrong, which is also the best scene in the film for that reason. However, after that it feels the real world story becomes just as cartoony as the puppet world, and the two mesh together in a boring way. Also, it's at that point the film loses confidence in the viewer and starts over-explaining what's happening, again to its detriment. Particular low points were the puppet sequence where Mark points out that the Belgian witch is a symbol of his addiction (YEAH, NO, DUH), and the courtroom scene where the nazi convicts who beat him up are apparently crying over his passionate speech at the end. Which is just completely unlikely, for one, and doesn't ring true either because the speech is by no means that powerful, so as an audience it did little for me. I'm reminded of Suckerpunch (never a good thing). That film too asked us to become engaged with CGI scenes that we knew were in-film fantasies. It never works on that level, because there are literally no stakes. Whatever danger the characters or puppets are in, within the film itself they are imaginary or symbolic, so who cares who gets shots or stabbed or whatever'ed?