This is NOT a love story.
If you had no idea what a toxic relationship is, this movie shows you exactly what it is.
Malcolm and Marie have just arrived from the premiere of a film that Malcolm had just made. Marie enters the house with an attitude so naturally you ask, “What did Malcolm do?”. Turns out he did not thank Marie during his “thank you” speech. He thanks literally everyone but the person he claims to love. At this point, in my head I’m thinking “Oh hell no, hell fucking no”. How can you forget to thank me, the love of your life? Anyhoo, things quickly escalate from there and there’s a series of arguments where they both say really nasty shit to each other. The verbal abuse is so bad that I honestly don’t know how they move on from the night.
John David Washington and Zendaya give beautiful performances. For John, the apple did not fall far from the tree. After watching him in Tenet, I didn’t think he’d convincingly pull off a romantic movie. I was so wrong. There was a scene where he went on a rant for about 10mins and that had to be the most intense I felt during the film. It was so raw and effortless, I literally heaved a sigh of relief when he was done. Reminded me of the scene in Training Day that basically gave his father(Denzel Washington) the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
Zendaya has proven herself with this movie just how much of a great actress she is. She’s shown her maturity and ability to pull off any role with this movie and she’s only 24. That scene where she pretends to have relapsed gave me chills. It’s no surprise though as she won the Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Euphoria where she played a junkie.
This movie takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions. One minute you think they’re moving on, the next minute they’re screaming at each other like lunatics. I don’t know whether to call it love but there’s a strong connection between both characters. They are at a point where they’re past the “break-up” phase, which is why they don’t think there’s any reason to try to please the other person or make them feel special.
I totally enjoyed the movie. The monochromatic effect and cinematography was so beautiful to watch as it gave the movie its authenticity and rawness. The dialogue was intriguing; I had to pause to use the dictionary a few times. It will definitely be nominated for a lot of awards this year.
My take from this movie, let’s just endeavor to thank our partners whenever we give a speech.
I’ll rate it 8 out of 10.