Story: The protagonist of Zendaya and John David Washington accompanies the duo through an intense battle with painful revelations that push the boundaries between life and art.
The director of Sam Levinson is a black and white film that was shot while in custody. While the lack of different locations or a larger cast seems like a missed opportunity for most films, here it works out in favor of the films. Seduce the audience with the two stars in their dysfunctional relationship to testify and judge right and wrong. Even if Marie and Malcolm don’t care.
Malcolm (John David Washington) is an African American filmmaker in her thirties while Marie (Zendaya) is a former actress in her twenties. Although Malcolm has just written and directed the best movie of his career, Marie, as he likes to say, was the subject of his film about a recovering addict. Marie attends the well-received premiere of her film, but ends up making a pot of macaroni and cheese, at least a little excited about the greatest achievement of her life.
Zendaya As Marie
Meanwhile, Malcolm continues to speak of critics who will view the film for racist and political statements just because the film was directed by an African American about African American protagonists. He is writing an Angela Davis biopic. Marie quickly reminds him that he has never had a “good rating” in his life and is already complaining about the reviews that have not yet been published.
But the emotional tension in the huge house that comes in handy on screen explodes when Malcolm says, “It’s different, however, you don’t work on films.” Malcolm & Marie takes place in real time after the premiere of his film, where he forgot to thank Marie in his speech, despite being a driving force in creating it, from rereading the script hundreds of times to getting an idea every moment.
John David Washington As Malcolm
From here on, the two continue to argue about their work, art, relationship, their past and much more. In the end, the movie gets you nowhere, but it does make sure you heard and understood it, the characters and in the long run. Monologues that essentially feel like the writer is unleashing his heart.
Zendaya and John David Washington give one of the best performances of recent times. His chemistry, as well as his ingrained commitment to the characters, is undeniable. Black and white gives the audience a chance to fully embrace these talented actors without being distracted by the surroundings.
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Sam Levinson may have used the film to express his feelings as a filmmaker. He continues to question Marie, who criticizes and punishes him. While one says clearly, “Let’s let the filmmakers have a little fun,” the other curbs these fearless thoughts by questioning their meaning. Although the characters talk about various drastically different topics such as filmmaking, perceptions of African American in the media, narcissism, toxic behavior, substance abuse, the story remains intact and closes the circle. Marie will remind you of black and white films and classic dramas. It will confront you with the dominant passion that dies one second and rekindles the next. The terrible relationship between Zendaya and John David Washington is very charming and strong.