Marmalade — Review: An Absolute Blast with a Great Twist

KJ Proulx's Reviews
3 min readFeb 10, 2024

by KJ Proulx

Promotional Artwork for ‘Marmalade’ [Credit: Signature Films]

I love when I come across a great movie that I hadn’t even heard of. I decided to look up some new releases and came across a small film called Marmalade. I liked the cast and will always give first-time directors a chance, but I was not expecting it to be as good and well-written as it was. I have minor complaints here and there, but I’m putting this review out there, hoping that it at least makes one more person check it out. Here is my glowing review of Marmalade.

Okay, right off the bat I will say that Marmalade covers a lot of familiar territory in terms of the story it’s telling, but the cleverness of the screenplay made that easy to overlook. The film begins with Baron (Joe Keery) being placed in a prison cell. Here he meets another inmate by the name of Otis (Aldis Hodge), whom he offers $250,000.00 if he successfully helps him escape. The film then transitions to the past where Baron tells the entire story of what landed him in jail in the first place. This is the majority of the film, which is reminiscent of films like Bonnie and Clyde, where a woman, Marmalade (Camila Morrone), shows up and asks him to rob a bank with her, after seeing that he is smitten. This sends them on a journey of crime and love together, but where the film ends up going is insane.