Reflections

Malcolm & Marie & integrity’s fight

My favourite thing about this film is that there wasn’t a sex scene. We got close but never close enough to reach a satisfying climax. And I’m not glad because I’m awkwardly prudent with the idea of a couple being in love, but because it meant Marie held on to a power many people feel they can compromise at their own expense.

Malcolm & Marie is a recent Netflix film release directed by Euphoria’s Sam Levison. It stars John David Washington and EMMY winner Zendaya.

The film follows a couple who upon returning from a film premier, wallow in the tensions of their relationship. A self absorbed Malcolm stews because he is dissatisfied with comments over his film, and Marie hurts over Malcolm’s disregard of her feelings.

Throughout the film Malcolm tries dictate the argument by smoothing over Marie’s angst so he can revel in his wants and have sex with her.

Marie’s anger subsides and she almost gives herself to him… Until she doesn’t. Marie who finds it hard to articulate her feelings appears to find her voice in every moment of solitude and like any person finding their way, abruptly changes her mind.

I commened her for this. She doesn’t let go of her fight for peace or release her power until she’s satisfied. There were matters breaking her heart and she couldn’t share any joy with Malcolm wholeheartedly until she felt honest and heard. She forced him to listen and wore his arrogance down.

She held her own. She didn’t let the gaslighting form her.

In any regard it’s a lesson in not doing something for someone until you are truly ready. Your emotions and feelings are valid and should be held with integrity.

Reflections

Actually, diminishing trauma is irresponsible

I watched Menace to Society and was practically heartbroken by the end.

The films tells the story of teenagers who spend the summer getting in trouble with the law, brutalised by police, jacking people, jumping others and living because they feel there is nothing to lose. Often films like this get branded as irresponsible as the media feels they ‘glorify gang life’. More than ever I see the lie here. Many times in the film the characters call out police brutality, prejudice and the general theme of hopelessness doesn’t make what they go through seem appealing. Instead it is a view of how the forgotten live and die. It is NOT an aspirational fantasy.

Furthermore it’s clear to see that Black trauma gets diminished. The same people who look down on the story would do anything to not live such a life without choice. It’s hard to convince oppressed people of change when their world has convinced them otherwise.

So don’t be confused as to why we said the shutting down of Blue Story in cinemas was a racist move.