‘Malcolm & Marie’ Review: John David Washington and Zendaya Find Beauty in a Bad Romance

‘Malcolm & Marie’ Review: John David Washington and Zendaya Find Beauty in a Bad Romance
Conceived, shot, and sold to Netflix in the summer months after the coronavirus brought the country to a standstill, Sam Levinson’s exasperatingly gorgeous “Malcolm & Marie” is a lot like the two people who lend its title their names: confident and insecure in equal measure, stuffed to the gills with big ideas but convinced of nothing beyond its own frenzied existence, and reverent of Hollywood’s past at the same time it’s trying to stake a new claim for its future. It’s possible that some of those qualities apply more to Malcolm than Marie, but that doesn’t feel like a distinction worth making when neither of these characters amount to anything more than red carpet-ready straw-men for the heated argument that Levinson is having with himself.

Here is a movie with so many conflicting takes on the overlapping natures of artistic and romantic collaboration that it
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