Marmalade (2024)

Marmalade (2024)

An unexpected, delightful twist to the Bonnie and Clyde story

7.4

Movie

United States of America
English
Crime, Drama, Romance
2024
KEIR O'DONNELL
Aldis Hodge, Camila Morrone, Hans Christopher
99 min

TLDR

Joe Keery, it seems I’ve grown quite fond of you...

What it's about

Recently incarcerated deadbeat Baron strikes a friendship with his new cellmate Otis, a man known for his numerous prison breaks. While hatching a plan to escape, Baron tells Otis the story of how he met Marmalade, who he deems the girl of his dreams, and the Bonnie and Clyde robbery they did in order to get the life they’ve dreamed of.

The take

At first, Marmalade just seemed like a good ol’ fashioned Bonnie and Clyde story being told by one inmate to another. As Baron tells Otis about his titular Bonnie in Joe Keery’s Southern drawl, there’s a charming bittersweet romance about a man pushed into crime because of healthcare costs and a compelling Camila Marrone as a manic pixie dream girl-flavored femme fatale. By its own, it’s already an intriguing twist to the film noir plot. But the second half turns this romance into something completely unexpected, pulling an insane set of interconnected plot twists that’s just fun to experience. There are certain moments that could have been tighter, but the performances were great, the images were stunning, and the plot was surprising. It’s such a daring move for first time writer-director Keir O'Donnell.

What stands out

The plot twists. For the sake of spoilers, we won’t be discussing any details, but these plot twists switch the entire film around and neatly resolves any plot hole left hanging after the first half.

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