Sometimes you watch a movie trailer and think, Ah yes. This one is going to win all the awards. That’s Malcolm & Marie.

The Netflix drama stars Zendaya and John David Washington. In Malcolm & Marie, a filmmaker (Washington) and his girlfriend (Zendaya) return home 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.

Watch the trailer below.

Like I said, this one screams Oscar-bait. First there’s the actors. Zendaya recently won an Emmy for her lead role in HBO’s Euphoria. And Washington achieved acclaim for his role in BlacKkKlansman, for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination.

Plus, Malcolm & Marie comes from writer-director Sam Levinson, Euphoria creator. Levinson also wrote and directed 2018’s Assassination Nation.

Add to that award-worthy creative team an intimate romance full of dramatic tension and do the whole thing in black and white, and I think it’s easy to expect high praise for this one.

(And I’m not even touching the slightly pretentious tagline “This is not a love story. This is the story of love.”)

John David Washington and Zendaya at a kitchen counter in Netflix's 'Malcolm and Marie'

Basically, if you love a dramatic romance, this one looks like a must-see film.

Malcolm & Marie hits Netflix February 5.

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Source: Netflix