When filmmaker Malcolm (John David Washington) and his girlfriend Marie (Zendaya), return home from a movie premiere and await his film’s critical response, the evening takes a turn as revelations about their relationship surface, testing the couple’s love. Directed & written by Sam Levinson, highly profiled as the art film it is more just an attempt then a masterpiece as some of the reviewers tried to proclaim it.
I can admit I was a bit triggered watching this. However, I love how the story depicts a relationship between two people who obviously love each other, yet feel the other isn’t their ideal partner. The killer part is when were in a relationship with someone, we grow with them and share our life’s experiences; this movie does a stellar job in how it portrays emotion the heat of communication, but the way he acts sometimes is just so misleading (eating maccaroni scene). All it takes is for someone to admit their faults but our ego gets in the way and we feel we will “lose” the argument if we say we’re wrong. But these characters both wanted some validation from each other, such that, what gives them peace in their relationship makes them feel appreciated and not taken for granted.
I would recommend this movie to anyone who’s been in a co-deoendent, toxic relationship with someone they gave their heart to yet wasn’t yet ready to leave them because of how strong their emotions are for that said person. Or anyone who just wants to go on a journey with two people in a pivatol time in both their lives. Letting their guards down and being honest and true so they can work through their problems is what this movie gives. And to top it off Zendaya gave outstanding performances, Washington is two steps behind her.
The film is black and white and beautifully shot, but that`s about all you may really enjoy in the theather film. This is unfortunatelly just an attempt to make Woody Allen film, but it failed. (Soren Attkins)