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Netflix has been hit and miss for me from the beginning with their Black content. So I was pleasantly surprised to hear of a movie with Washington Jr. (yes son of Denzel Washington) and Zendaya in it. I figured it was a modern version of Sylvie’s Love on Amazon Prime. Cute and predictable. Then I saw the trailer… I’m not about to watch Malcolm and Marie despite the hype and these are my 4 reasons why
No you don’t need to be gay or Black or female to tell those stories but, if you are so obsessed with telling other people’s stories then the least you could do is sense check it with the people whose story you are supposedly telling to make sure it resonates and reflects their experiences. Maybe this is a tiny niche of Black millennials with famous daddies who watched this and thought, OMG that’s so me and my Boo but, for me the shouty angry couple in the ostentatious house and perfect bodies could so tell their story differently.
In the trailer Sam Levinson (yes, son of Barry Levinson) describes himself as visionary director so already I knew it was going to be shot in a style that unnecessary. But Black and white Sam? Really Dude? Sighs in the pretentiousness of it all. But you can’t know the cinematography. He’s a better Director than he is writer based on this.
Haven’t we moved away from long soliloquys about people’s pain and why they deserve to feel the way they do even though nobody is doing anything to them directly? It’s just their entitlement. Apparently not according to Sam Levinson( yes, son of of Barry Levinson). Someone said this would have made a lovely short film but I didn’t make it past the trailer. I’ll have to take their word for it. Also I wasn’t convinced by her acting. I didn’t sympathise with either of them but she looked like a teenager delivering a grown up. It felt stilted. They both seemed unlikeable as characters and I’m tired of watching shows and films of unlikeable people justifying why they’re unlikeable. Fleabag. Urgh
Two sons of famous dads and this script, acting and directing all feel very awards worthy. And that’s just it. We all love the award winning films but nobody wants to feel like they’re watching a film written just to win awards. This is that film. Even the Guardian who love everything pretentious only gave it a 3 stars in a kind review and slated Sam’s use of Washington to vent his own issues with the industry. I’m assuming it will become a cult classic but only for sons of famous people who don’t understand why their pain and struggle isn’t recognised.
It is abuse dressed up for consumption as love. Washington’s character is emotionally abusive and manipulative and somehow this is normalised. Then worse, Essence magazine celebrates this as a movie exploring Black Male vulnerability? Get the fuck out of here with that mess!
Again we don’t need another movie where the ‘Black’ woman is treated like shit and it’s because dude is hurting and has no other way to express this than by being a dickhead.
But apparently this isn’t a love story, no, according to Sam (son of Barry) this is the story of love. I don’t know toxic relationships like this but if this is love then I ‘ll stick to something in colour with a healthy dose of happiness and a decent script please. This is for the birds. Hmmm, there is something Hitchcocky about it!
© Chelsea Black® 2021
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