Madly In Love Malcolm & Marie Movie Review

Alyssa Chavez, Senior Staff Writer

“I feel like once you know someone’s there for you, and once you know they love you, you never actually think of them again. It’s not until you’re about to lose someone, that you finally pay attention.” -Marie (Malcolm & Marie) 

Malcolm & Marie was released on Netflix on February 5, 2021, starring Zendaya Coleman, as Marie, and John David Washington, as Malcolm. This film is R- rated, running at an hour and forty-six minutes, and categorized as drama, and romance.

Director, Sam Levionson, wrote and shot the film during the early months of the COVID-19 lockdown. Which gives a whole new light to self-quarantine and being stuck with your partner.

Malcolm & Marie on Netflix

The film begins when Malcolm and Marie return home from Malcolm’s first movie premier. Exploding with excitement Malcolm goes on and on about the comments people at the event were making about his film. While Malcolm is speaking about the unbelievable events of the night, it is obvious that his girlfriend, Marie, is very upset.

This is the beginning of a tumultuous night for the couple, minute after minute secrets keep unfolding from both parties showing what we bury in order to make our partner happy. And the audience can not help but wonder if the couple will still be together by the end of the night.

Some may see this film as awkwardly watching as a couple has an intense fight. On the other hand, others may see this film and pick sides between the two. Rooting for who they believe has the right to be upset.

The main argument throughout the movie gets a little messy. Right when you think the couple has come to a resolution there is a moment of happiness which ultimately leads into a different argument. All taking place in a single night. Though the overall tone of the movie is very intense and angry there are a few scenes that will give you a much-needed giggle. 

The entire film is in black and white, this gives a very classy, theatrical, and dramatic feeling to the movie. Little details such as the background music in certain scenes and the opening titles add a lot to the film and make it feel like an old classic.

Throughout the film, it is noticeable that Malcolm is passionate about how critics try to make movies that star African Americans provide a message that revolves around race. This leaves us with the question of whether we are truly appreciating art from Black artists for what it is, or want we want it to be.

Personally, I really enjoyed watching this movie. I am a sucker for a compelling drama where characters are very blunt about how they feel. Malcolm & Marie had my attention the entire time. There are many scenes where the characters throw their partner under the bus and speak about mistakes in the past that still puts a strain on their relationship.

I was fully on Marie’s side, I see Malcolm as a self-absorbed man who only tunes in when he is brought up. I admire how Marie never lets Malcolm intimidate her and she stands her ground while telling  Malcolm everything he had done that hurt her. It is obvious that this couple probably should not be together, I see them as two broken individuals who are trying to put the other person back together again.

To me, the main reason to watch this movie is the acting. Coleman does a phenomenal job. She has many monologues throughout the film that are both heartfelt but hurtful at the same time. She represents just how much we want to be appreciated for the things we do for those we love. She gives so much raw emotion in this role, it is truly astonishing to watch.

Those who are patient, and love a fast-paced drama would really enjoy this movie. Though there are few scenes that seem to go on for far longer than they should, it does not take away from the true pain and love displayed.