Malcolm & Marie Film, wiki, release Date, Cast, Trailer, and Storyline

Malcolm & Marie

Malcolm & Marie Film 2021

Malcolm & Marie, a black-and-white romantic drama film released in 2021. The film stars Zendaya and John David Washington (both of whom also served as producers), and it follows a writer-director and his girlfriend whose relationship is put to the test on the night of his newest film’s premiere when personal discoveries surface.

Filming took place in secret in June and July 2020, making it the first Hollywood feature to be totally written, financed, and produced during the COVID-19 epidemic. Kid Cudi, an American music artist, is an executive producer on the film.

Malcolm & Marie had a limited theatrical release on January 29, 2021, before Netflix released it digitally on February 5, 2021. Critics gave the picture mixed reviews, praising Zendaya and Washington’s performances and chemistry, as well as Levinson’s direction, but criticizing his storyline. Zendaya was nominated for Best Actress at the 26th Critics’ Choice Awards for her performance.

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Malcolm & Marie Film Release Date

Netflix outbid HBO, A24, and Searchlight Pictures for the distribution rights to the film in September 2020, paying $30 million.  It premiered in select cinemas on January 29, 2021, and subsequently became available to view on Netflix on February 5, 2021.  According to Deadline Hollywood, the picture “earned hardly any money” during its time in theaters (due to the COVID-19 pandemic).  The film was the most-watched movie on the platform in its first weekend, but by the second weekend, it had slid out of the top ten.

Malcolm & Marie Film Storyline

Plot Summary & Review

With his girlfriend, Marie Jones, writer-director Malcolm Elliott (John David Washington) returns home from his film premiere (Zendaya). Following the passionate crowd response to the screening, Malcolm is looking forward to the critical reviews. He encourages Marie to tell him what’s hurting her when he notices she’s upset. She tells him she is furious that she was not recognized or acknowledged in his speech at the premiere, despite her reluctance to cause a dispute in the middle of the night.

Because she was a drug addict when they met, Marie believes she is the inspiration for his film, a drama about a struggling black female drug addict named Imani. Malcolm dismisses her charges, arguing that Imani is a composite of several persons rather than being based on her. Marie claims that if they hadn’t been together, he wouldn’t have been able to convey Imani’s issues with drug usage and addiction in the same way. Malcolm believes Marie is exaggerating, arguing that she is jealous of the actress who played Imani since she stopped performing years ago and that she is transferring her personal difficulties onto him and his film. Marie reaffirms her stance on his lack of acknowledgment and refers to him by his first name.

While Marie is bathing, Malcolm tells her about the several women with whom he had relationships and how they influenced the character of Imani, claiming that only Imani’s emotions of hopelessness were inspired by Marie. While the two are sitting calmly outside after drying off after the water, she answers by playing Dionne Warwick’s song “Get Rid of Him” on her phone.

Returning inside, Malcolm locates and reads the first critical review of his picture. Despite the excellent review, he goes on a rant about the white female critic’s political interpretation of his film, which he did not intend. He complains that instead of judging him on his own merits, film critics focus too much on his black male identity and project politics into their judgments. Marie mocks his enraged reaction to the favorable review and his inability to accept criticism before the two appear to be reuniting after their disagreement.

Before they can start having sex, Marie irritates him by asking why he didn’t cast her as Imani, claiming that she would have contributed tenderness and honesty to the role that would have improved the film. After violently accusing each other of being egocentric, Marie pulls out a knife and acts out a scene as Imani to exhibit authenticity, frightening but impressing Malcolm with her realism. The two dispute again in their bedroom, until Marie lectures him about taking her for granted and his failure to recognize how their actual love for each other inspired the movie.

They ultimately stop arguing and retire to bed without saying anything to each other, merely thanking each other before falling asleep. Malcolm wakes up in the morning light alone in his bed. He finds Marie alone outside and joins her as they gaze across the horizon, their relationship’s fate undetermined.

Malcolm & Marie Film Cast

  • Washington
  • Zendaya.

Malcolm & Marie Film Wiki

  • Directed by Sam Levinson
  • Written by Sam Levinson
  • Produced by
    Kevin Turen
    Ashley Levinson
    Sam Levinson
    Zendaya
  • John David Washington
  • Starring
    Zendaya
    John David Washington
  • Cinematography Marcell Rév
  • Edited by Julio C. Perez IV
  •  Labrinth
  • Production companies
    Little Lamb
    FotoKem
  • Distributed by Netflix
  • Release date
    February 5, 2021 (United States)
  • Running time 106 minutes
  • Country United States
  • Language English
  • Budget $2.5 million

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