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Netflix has just released the trailer for Malcolm & Marie and everyone is talking about it. The steamy romantic film starring John David Washington & Zendaya is finally reaching one of our favorite streaming platforms.
This Valentine’s Day, you can enjoy your box of chocolates while peeping into Malcolm & Marie’s complex relationship. The film directed & written by HBO’s Sam Levinson, is about a young couple who struggle to navigate the meaning of love.
The black & white film Malcom & Marie might be everything you need this romantic season.
Malcolm & Marie
According to Marie Claire, Malcolm (John David Washington) & Marie (Zendaya) is about a high powered man (Malcolm) who forgets to acknowledge his girlfriend (Marie) in the most important speech of his career. Malcolm’s big mistake causes multiple discussions about what it really means to be in love.
The characters each have their uncontrollable quirks. For example, Marie is a very cold woman in her early twenties who believes she has always been a muse to Malcolm.
On the other hand, Malcolm is a director who is focused on making a name for himself in Hollywood. However, Malcolm also struggles with his limitations of being a black creative and is continuously questioning the industry.
In an interview with Elle (UK), Zendaya claimed that playing the character Marie was an “actor’s dream”. Zendaya’s role in Malcolm & Marie challenged her in many ways. In fact, she explained to Elle that she even felt a bit “insecure” on set because she had to do her own hair & makeup.
Zendaya confessed to GQ: “(Marie) gave me an opportunity to use these words in a way. . . I don’t yell. I’m not a very argumentative person, but it’s nice to just release s*** and be able to. . . I don’t know. . . I guess emote would be the word? To just use her as this vessel to just get s*** out that maybe I had pent up or hadn’t said.”
BBC’s Caryn James has called Sam Levinson’s film Malcolm & Marie dynamic & sensitive, further detailing that the film thrives on “psychological games and emotional twists” but that the real story isn’t in the present – it’s entirely in the past.
Though some film critics have called Malcolm & Marie another “vanity project”, Variety opined the filmmaker’s vision was anything other than “showy” as the film focuses on acknowledging those around us for our success.
All grown up
Besides the praise Malcolm & Marie received, many are concerned about the large age gap between actors John David Washington (thirty-six years old) & Zendaya (twenty-four years old).
E! News’s Victor Cruz sat down with Zendaya to discuss the age gap in Malcolm & Marie. Zendaya stated: “You have to remember, also, people grew up with me as a child. It’s like watching, I guess, your younger sibling now, you know, they’re grown.”
Zendaya further explained: “So it’s hard for people to wrap around the idea that I am grown in real life. You know, even though I do play a teenager on television still.”
Where to watch?
Harper Bazaar noted that Netflix bought the rights of Malcolm & Marie for approximately $30 million after the film premiered at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival. In fact, Netflix beat other major streaming platforms like HBO & Amazon.
You can find the latest black & white trailer of Malcolm & Marie on YouTube. And according to Elle, the Malcolm & Marie trailer hit over 1.6 million views since the release in January 2021.
To watch the full romantic film on Netflix, you’ll have to wait until February 5th 2021, unless you want to sail into the waters of internet piracy. But don’t worry! Like the trailer says: “This is not a love story, it is the story of love”, so we think it’s worth the wait.
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