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Plot: While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man and a black woman are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results.
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Queen & Slim was entertaining overall, and its social messaging that might have turned off viewers of a certain political world view worked for me. It will not make my greatest movie list, but it held my interest. Not because of its theme or message so much, but more for the character depth and development. I liked how the two main characters don’t really even like each other (well, her at least) at first but began to grow on each other. Also, except for the fat cop and e dude near the end with the money, there didn’t seem to be any two-dimensional characters. They are all given some depth.
Okay, there are some plot threads shared with movies like Bonnie and Clyde and Thelma and Louise, but there are enough differences to make it still worth watching. The soundtrack didn’t particularly grab me, but as an older white dude, I am probably not the primary audience intended for that music. I think I might watch it again after some time passes, as I suspect it might be one of those films where you take something new away from it during a second viewing.
To its credit, ‘Queen & Slim’ features some pretty stellar performances and great camerawork but has to work against the mammoth influence of its writing and pacing to make something memorable, and ultimately fails. It’s a shame because Matsoukas shows promise as a filmmaker and clearly has important things to say, but appears to buckle under the pressure of having to do so.
– Ashley Teresa
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Jesus, the review bombing
I don’t even want to review this movie, but it hasn’t even come out and somehow half of the ratings are one star. The movie itself is pretty great and I’d highly recommend you go see it when it comes out. The acting is very strong, the directing feels very fresh/unique, and you really grow to care about the film’s romance. The political statements this movie makes are secondary to the story of these well-fleshed out characters and their struggles, which makes the commentary resonate stronger than many other movies like this. It ain’t perfect –it’s a bit long, especially when considering the repetitive structure of the story, and the shot composition is a bit boring but this is a movie that everyone should go and see. And jesus, I don’t know how it would be possible, butcan you not find a way to weed out the people who review-bomb movies with strong political messages/that have minorities or women in the leading roles? Christ.
Engaging suspense thriller devolves into unfortunate race-based agitprop
It got under First time feature director Melina Matsoukas’s skin that some critics compared her Queen & Slim to Bonnie & Clyde, despite the fact that one of her characters in the film likens her on the lam protagonists to the notorious 30s bank robbers. Matsoukas was peeved precisely because her Queen & Slim “heroes” were innocent victims in contrast to the amoral depression era criminals who suddenly earned (obviously unwarranted) folk hero status following the release of Arthur Penn’s classic film in 1967.
Nonetheless Matsoukas was probably justified in her anger over such a specious comparison. Instead, Queen & Slim are characters much more akin to Thelma & Louise, the on the lam duo from another classic film (this time from 1991) who acted in self-defense. Indeed, the idea of an innocent person or persons, falsely accused and on the run, can be the stuff of great suspense and compelling drama.
It begins with a Tinder blind date between Ernest “Slim” Hines (Daniel Kaluuya) and Angela “Queen” Johnson (Jodie Turner-Smith), an African-American couple who have little in common (Queen is a sassy lawyer and Slim a regular salt-of-the-earth guy). Slim is making no headway in the romance department with Queen until they’re interrupted by a Caucasian officer of the law who stops them on the false pretext of a second of erratic driving. Before you know it, the psycho cop shoots Queen (she suffers a graze wound to the leg) with Slim grabbing the cop’s gun and shooting and killing him in self-defense.
Eventually we’ll discover that Matsoukas and Waithe are advancing the thesis that the officer depicted here is actually representative of most officers, who they maintain are both racists and psychopaths. A cursory glance at many of these white cop versus African-American encounters however, reveals that they aren’t so always “black and white.” Usually it’s more like overly jumpy cops mistaking a cell phone for a gun, resulting in tragedy.
Before it becomes clear that the film’s scenarists are trying to make a big statement about racism, I was quite willing to accept their psycho racist cop as possibly a “bad apple.” Indeed their depiction of him is quite scary and realistic and I am quite willing to concede there might be a few of these “bad apples” out there.
But I wasn’t convinced at all by what happens next by a longshot. Indeed Queen, the supposedly “smart” attorney, decides that she and Slim should go on the lam and not immediately turn themselves in to the authorities. Their reasoning is that no one will believe a black person who has just killed a cop. Queen (perhaps caught in a time warp) decides to channel Assata Shakur (aka Joanne Chesimard); it’s her idea that she and Slim should flee to Cuba (when was the last time that happened? Probably 1979, given the completely different political climate).
And does it really make sense that Queen would resort to such a ludicrous plan of driving all the way from Ohio to Florida, in the hope that they’ll be able to secure a safe flight to Cuba? What’s more, within a day or so, dash cam footage has been broadcast all over the US depicting Queen and Slim having acted in self-defense. And not only that, they’ve become folk heroes in the black community as evidenced by all the people who appear to recognize them (and hold them up as heroes). So why wouldn’t they turn themselves in?
For a while, Queen & Slim proceeds like a Hitchcock suspense thriller. There’s quite a bit of suspense when they escape from the sheriff and lock him in the trunk and then show up at Queen’s uncle Earl’s house in New Orleans. Earl, a pimp, is perhaps the best character here (played by an excellent Bokeem Woodbine). But the backstory of him and Queen also doesn’t ring true.
The whole idea that Earl murdered Queen’s mother and she ended up defending him in a court of law hardly seems realistic. Despite all of Queen’s sassiness, Matsouka’s ultimate strategy is to present Queen as a veritable saint-that’s why she has created this unlikely backstory of Queen defending her uncle. The whole scenario also doesn’t ring true because the first place the cops would be looking for Queen is at her uncle’s place (after all, she probably would have gotten a great deal of publicity in the past for defending an uncle who murdered her mother!).
Slim also is afforded saintly status by emphasizing his religious nature (he has license plate that reads “TrustinGod”). And he’s so good and trusting that he gives the gun-obsessed hillbilly his firearm in exchange for the gas money (while the hillbilly ludicrously marvels at the gun and gives it back to him, instead of holding him at gunpoint until the police arrive).
Matsoukas completely loses it when she ridiculously juxtaposes a scene of Queen & Slim’s lovemaking with a protest over their unjust treatment. And when Junior, the mechanic’s son, shoots the good black cop, the suggestion is that police racism is so all-encompassing, it will even drive impressionable black youth to turn on their own.
Queen & Slim are essentially “crucified” in the grand finale when the police gun the two “saints” both down without provocation. Worse yet there is a black Judas who has sold them out. Instead of a suspense thriller, Matsoukas and company would prefer to preach to the choir of the disaffected, the oppressed who now revel in becoming the oppressors, serving up a cold dish of payback in revenge for years of discrimination at the hands of the white establishment.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 12 min (132 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Romance
Director Melina Matsoukas
Writer Lena Waithe (screenplay by), James Frey (story by), Lena Waithe (story by)
Actors Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Chloë Sevigny
Country USA, Canada
Awards 12 wins & 41 nominations.
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa Mini, Panavision G-Series Lenses (some shots), Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2, Panavision G-Series Lenses
Laboratory Company 3 (digital intermediate)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 250D 5207, Vision3 500T 5219), CFast 2.0
Cinematographic Process ARRIRAW (2.8K) (source format) (some shots), Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Panavision (anamorphic) (source format), Super 35 (source format) (some scenes)
Printed Film Format D-Cinema