Review: “Malcolm & Marie”


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Haley Lynch, Staff Writer





The tense and painful push by Sam Levinson in his new 2021 Netflix hit, “Malcolm & Marie” shows the truth and shame in a toxic relationship. The noir drama shows a night long argument between a couple, a filmmaker and his recovering drug addict girlfriend.  Throughout the film, Malcolm and Marie face a challenge that decides the fate of their relationship.

The couple arrives back to their modern isolated home in California after a celebration of Malcolm’s first movie premiere. While Malcolm is still celebrating with drinks, Marie is thinking about how during his speech, he never thanked her. Marie believed that she deserved thanks mostly from the fact that his new film was based off Marie’s life back when she was twenty and addicted to drugs. As the night goes on, the film delves into their toxic relationship  when the two use each other’s past traumas against one another. The  pair go through a night of arguing after slightly making up for a short moment until they begin to fight again.

Having the cast consist of two well known actors made the movie rise on the top ten chart on Netflix. Zendaya, who is performed in many hit tv shows such as Euphoria, and John David Washington, who is a well known actor and has worked with renown filmmakers such a Spike Lee and Christopher Nolan.

The movie became an awaited hit on social media and Netflix. Receiving 59 percent from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and 84 percent from Google users. Critics consensus stated “Malcolm & Marie’s ambitions aren’t always satisfactorily fulfilled, but its flaws are often offset by the strong chemistry between the film’s stars.” According to, with a  budget of $2.5 million, the movie was just sold to the streaming platform Netflix, for $30 million.

Junior Imani E. Walker watched the movie, expressing her opinion on it, stating “ I like it. I think it’s interesting. The fact that they were in the same place the whole entire movie made it even more interesting, without it getting boring.”

While the audience has given it mixed reviews, many also say that the ending could have been played out more.