Updated: Feb 18
By Jamé Johnson
The Netflix film Malcolm and Marie, which premiered on February 5, 2021 shows the complex aspects of a relationship. Zendaya and John David Washington bring passion to their roles and display qualities of a real relationship, qualities we can see in our own relationships. The fashion choices in the movie correlate with every revelation they uncover.
Marie’s Evening Gown - Jason Remberts’ beautiful dress gives Zendaya’s Marie such confidence during her argument with Malcolm. Even when Malcolm retaliates, she stands her ground.
Bathtub Scene - Marie is stripped bare. Malcolm is playing dirty and attacking Marie in a very vulnerable state. Even as she tries to hold herself together, you see that she is saddened by Malcolm and his words.
Marie’s White Pajamas -The color white is most commonly known to symbolize purity, but I believe in this case it means clarity. After Marie’s dialogue about how she just wants to be thanked for the little things in the relationship, Malcolm and Marie come to a revelation and seem to move forward in their relationship.
Malcolm stays in his suit for a majority of the movie because he maintains a combative stance throughout the film. Only after their revelation does he change into something more relaxed.
Fashion plays a symbolic part in many films; without it, meaning would be lost. The wardrobe team deserves as much recognition as the rest of the cast and crew.
Check out Malcolm & Marie now streaming on Netflix.