Not your Average Love Story

By Sinclaire Hoyt

March 25, 2021

Malcolm and Marie, played by Zendaya and John David Washington, is a story about a film producer and his girlfriend.

Our story picks up in the immediate aftermath of his recently premiered movie, which is based off of his girlfriend, who he forgot to thank in his closing speech. In this film we get to see both points of views, who is right and who is wrong. 

Throughout the film, anecdotes alluding the underlying by using music and other factors show the seriousness yet mysterious nature of the scene without actually outright saying what the message is set to be. Almost like a film noir. For example, within one of the more notable scenes within the movie, we see Malcolm sitting outside on the patio smoking a cigarette after one of their fights and Marie standing behind closer towards the door. She then goes to sit by him and play the song “Get Rid of Him” by Dionne Warwick.

The message in the song is that her friends say to get rid of him because he is no good for her and will break her heart in the end but, she still is going to keep him by her side because she loves him and can’t see herself without him. This alludes to how she feels about Malcolm in her life, even though he has caused her so much strife.

"This film reminded me of a volcano where their problems kept fizzing and fizzing until finally it erupted and kept overflowing, leaving mass destruction in its wake."
Sinclaire Hoyt, review for HBCUGO.TV

There were many instances throughout the story where songs are used to highlight the deeper meaning of the scene being presented helping to add depth to the storyline. Also, in this story, it is set to be a black and white filmed movie so that the audience focuses more on the message of the story and not on how the film actually looks.

This helps to keep an element of mystery that Malcolm talks about later in the film where he says that filmmakers never leave the audience in an element of mystery and that they always have to lay everything out in plain sight for the audience. All of these little messages help to guide the audience towards the central idea of the film in the fact that both of them had a lot of underlining problems with their relationship and it seem to all explode out when he forgot to thank her in his opening speech.

This film reminded me of a volcano where their problems kept fizzing and fizzing until finally it erupted and kept overflowing, leaving mass destruction in its wake. While this film is emotionally exhausting, it was a great film with multiple hidden and underlying messages for the audience to be able to depict and pick apart. 

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