John David Washington and Zendaya at the forefront. Washington, who is the son of top actor Denzel Washington, previously held the main role in Christopher Nolan's latest film, Tenet. Meanwhile, Zendaya, who is also in the singing field, is now best known as the MCU Spider-Man love interest character played by Tom Holland.
Malcolm & Marie in the setting of a halfway house in the California region. The plot focuses on the intensity of a young couple's complex relationship as they evaluate their relationship.
Malcolm Elliot (Washington), a director returns home with his girlfriend, Marie (Zendaya) after attending the premiere of Malcolm's latest film. At first, the director was in a very good mood, as the audience seemed to be enjoying his latest work, and compared his performance to those of the quality directors of Spike Lee and Barry Jenkins.
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However, even though the program went very well, Marie's mood was not the case. From the start, Marie was in a bad mood, which sparked an intrigue regarding her differences with her lover. Inevitably, the communication between the two with fluctuating tensions inevitably ensued throughout the night, as the young couple began to peel away the many layers that enveloped their relationship.
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Focusing solely on reciprocal conversations between the two main characters, there is no doubt that the heart of this film is the script, which is deliberately packaged as raw and as is. The result is not only a highlight of how the problematic pairs are, but also effectively shows the root of the concerns of its two main characters. Whether it was due to a lack of communication or mutual appreciation between the two, these underlying factors ultimately changed the mood for the evening.
Marie feels underappreciated by Malcolm, given his film inspiration, while Malcolm believes that Marie hates his success. Using their insecurity against each other, they exchange hateful monologues that stir up emotions and reveal the surging depths of their relationship.
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Even so, Malcolm & Marie is a film about love, so there is a spark of passion between their bitterness and hatred. By Levinson it feeds into moments filled with humor and passion to break down stressful tensions and help symbolize the love / hate relationship at the heart of the film. The film also allows the filmmaker to explore his love of cinema and to question the state of diversity in the film industry - causing Malcolm to deliver a striking monologue about film.
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Also acting as executive producer, both Washington and Zendaya were able to deliver a solid performance although not to an extraordinary degree in their respective roles. They were able to create chemistry that was convincing enough to fulfill what Levinson was trying to aim at with his script. Especially Zendaya, Levinson's collaborator in the Euphoria series, as if enjoying his appearance as a troubled lover, presenting a character that looks tough but is actually tinged with heartbreaking fragility.
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Although compared to the performance of other duets with other films with more or less the same theme (such as Leonardo DiCaprio - Kate Winslet on Revolutionary Road or Adam Driver-Scarlett Johansson in Marriage Couple) Malcolm & Marie is still a little out of class, that doesn't mean this film then can just be passed up. The reason is, with a monochrome presentation style that makes the visuals quite aesthetically pleasing, coupled with the choice of soundtrack songs, Malcolm & Marie provides a spectacle that is quite fun to watch. As a complete package, Malcolm & Marie offers a portrait that is not only beautiful but also very vivid about the image of human relationships, an unconventional romantic drama that is hard to forget and feels right to be watched with your partner on Valentine's moment.
- Malcolm & Marie stars two young stars whose names have been rising in Hollywood John David Washington and Zendaya at the forefront.