Welcome to Marwen is the latest expensive proposition from Robert Zemeckis. The Academy Award-winning director of Forrest Gump has spent the last 15 years working with new technology for movies with big emotions and big special effects. The Polar Express and A Christmas Carol have been perennial holiday favorites, but The Walk and Allied have had a tougher time, despite being excellent.
Steve Carell stars in this fictional adaptation of the documentary Marwencol, an astonishing story of a hate crime victim who channeled his recovery and grief into making extremely detailed models of World War II scenes. The doc is heartbreaking, and one of the best films of the decade. The film has a high bar to clear if it wants to match Marwencol's emotional impact. Luckily, there's an all-star cast, including Janelle Monaé, Leslie Mann and Emmy winner Merritt Wever.
For those who want to go deeper inside the world, there's also an Augmented Reality app, that will let you play a scene from the film on any surface, and allow you to interact with the model village as well. Check out the trailer for the app below.
Welcome to Marwen opens Friday, December 21. The app is available in app stores now.