Cast: Zendaya, John David Washington.
Directed by: Sam Levinson
Genre: Drama, Romance
A filmmaker (John David Washington) returns home with his girlfriend (Zendaya) following a celebratory movie premiere as he awaits what’s sure to be imminent critical and financial success. The evening suddenly takes a turn as revelations about their relationships begin to surface, testing the strength of their love.
The concept is interesting, a film consisting of just two people and showing their relationship over the course of a single night, although it would have sufficed as a short film instead. The acting was good, the cinematography stunning with the black and white colour scheme throughout the film creating an artsy feel. Shooting in a gorgeous house obviously helped. It felt like a journey through Sam’s mind and life struggles, with Malcom (Sam as a producer) arguing with himself as Marie (Sam’s past as an addict) but that is just a speculation. Nonetheless, it made for a daring film that is bound to split audiences by a large margin.
The worst part of the movie was probably the plot regarding the critic. It was written from such a bitter place. The director obviously had a bad review from the LA Times probably the review for Assassination Nation. The back and forth arguing and fighting for its 106-minute run felt exhausting, but one could argue that it is the most realistic depiction of a real-life couple. It’s like a scene of an actual real couple going through a roller coaster of emotions. The yelling was, unfortunately, a bit much and will leave you feeling physically assaulted with all of the crude and violent language.
Zendaya and Washington, are good enough to make it matter, but you will miss absolutely nothing by not watching it.