Malcolm & Marie
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The seductive fluidity of the camerawork, as much as the punchy performances and muscular writing, keep Malcolm Marie compelling even when it risks becoming an extended exercise in style.
There’s hopes of an awards push for Zendaya and a bravura show from John David Washington, and their commitment should be recognised (although, as producers, they’ve already experienced some significant success). This is a woefully self-indulgent piece, however: fascinating at the outset in its frank assessment of race – written by a white man - but ultimately a hollow drum.
Malcolm Marie is certainly stylish, shot entirely in black and white, with its leads in fancy clothes for a good portion of its runtime, but its aesthetic virtues are suffocated by all of its screenwriter’s hot air.